Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 11 - Durham & Sunderland, 1925: Seaham Harbour, Bishop Auckland, Houghton le Spring, Chester le Street, Hetton le Hole
Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 11 - Durham & Sunderland, 1925: Seaham Harbour, Bishop Auckland, Houghton le Spring, Chester le Street, Hetton le Hole
Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 11 - Durham & Sunderland, 1925: Seaham Harbour, Bishop Auckland, Houghton le Spring, Chester le Street, Hetton le Hole

Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 11 - Durham & Sunderland, 1925: Seaham Harbour, Bishop Auckland, Houghton le Spring, Chester le Street, Hetton le Hole

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This Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 11 - Durham & Sunderland, published in 1925, is a fascinating piece of cartographic history. It provides a detailed snapshot of the Durham and Sunderland region during the early 20th century. The map showcases various towns, cities, and interesting features, allowing you to explore the area as it was nearly a century ago.

Why is this map amazing?

  1. Historical Insight: This map offers a unique glimpse into the past, allowing you to discover the region's rich history. It showcases the towns and cities of Durham & Sunderland, along with other notable settlements such as Seaham Harbour, Bishop Auckland, Houghton le Spring, Chester le Street, and Hetton le Hole. By studying this map, you can uncover how these places were laid out and understand their significance in the context of the time.

  2. Evolution of Place Names: Exploring this map reveals intriguing insights into the evolution of place names. While some modern cities may not be present on this map, you may find them under earlier names or as smaller settlements. This adds an exciting layer of discovery, allowing you to trace the development of the region's geography and understand how it has changed over time.

Notable Settlements:

  • Durham & Sunderland: The two major cities featured on the map, each with its own distinct history and landmarks.
  • Seaham Harbour: A historic port town known for its coal exports and shipbuilding industry.
  • Bishop Auckland: Home to the magnificent Auckland Castle, a medieval fortress and the official residence of the Bishop of Durham.
  • Houghton le Spring: A former mining town with a rich industrial heritage, known for its historic Houghton Hall.
  • Chester le Street: A market town with a fascinating history, including its association with the Lumley Castle and the Roman fort of Concangis.
  • Hetton le Hole: A former coal mining village that played a significant role in the region's industrial past.

Notable Boundaries, Rivers, and Natural Features:

  • River Wear: A prominent river that flows through Durham and Sunderland, shaping the landscape and providing a vital transportation route.
  • Durham Dales: A picturesque area of rolling hills and valleys located to the west of Durham, offering stunning natural beauty and scenic walks.
  • Penshaw Monument: A distinctive landmark situated on a hill overlooking the River Wear, providing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  • North Sea Coastline: The map captures the stretch of coastline along the North Sea, showcasing the region's connection to maritime activities.

Historical Events:

  1. Durham Miners' Gala (1925): This annual event, also known as "The Big Meeting," was a significant gathering of coal miners and trade unions. It celebrated the region's mining heritage and served as a platform for political and social activism.
  2. Sunderland AFC's FA Cup Victory (1913): This map predates Sunderland AFC's historic FA Cup win in 1937, but it captures the football club's earlier successes. In 1913, Sunderland AFC won their first FA Cup, becoming the first team from the northeast of England to achieve this feat.

Please note that this map is part of the Ordnance Survey's One-inch "Popular" edition, covering England and Wales. Durham & Sunderland are located within the historic county of Durham.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 24x36in (61x91.5cm), 30x40in (76x101.5cm), 37x50in (94x127cm), 45x60in (114x152.5cm) and 52x70in (132x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

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The labels on this map are very small at 12x16in (30.5x41cm). The map is still very attractive, but you may struggle to read the smallest letters. Please buy a larger map if it's important to be able to read the map easily.

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Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

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