Next Meeting

16th September 2019: Paul Hindle – Ordnance Survey History

Ord Marple3Those folded OS Maps in that drawer, are a direct result of the Jacobite rising of 1745. Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, realised that the British Army did not have a good map of the Scottish Highlands to locate Jacobite dissenters such as Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat. Unfortunately not only would the British Army’s mobiles have been out of range, but it was 260 years before Google maps would be launched as an app. In the interim King George II charged that a military survey of the Highlands be undertaken. The survey was produced at a scale of 1 inch to 1000 yards (1:36,000) and included "the Duke of Cumberland's Map" now held in the British Library. In our opening meeting of the season Paul Hindle, Secretary of the Manchester Geographical Society, will explore the history of the Ordnance Survey. We will hear of the travails of a ‘five mile baseline' , the Ramsden Theodolite, of characters such as William Roy, William Mudge, and of Major Thomas Colby, the longest-serving Director General of Ordnance Survey, who walked 586 miles (943 km) in 22 days on a reconnaissance in 1819.

So no matter how your early days of September unfold, keep the third Monday free to enrol, then to 'Look and Learn'! You will be at SJ 9592 8839. (use sat-nav, if you really must !)