Ordnance Survey 1868 large-scale map


Datchet Village Society has been given an Ordnance Survey map dated 1868 which is very unusual indeed. It measures 5ft’4″ x 4’4″, mounted in 48 sections on card and paper, and concertinas down to the size of a small book. It was printed from the original survey by a zincograph process (similar to a lithograph) and then coloured by hand. The scale is 25:344 inches to one mile.

We have since learnt that Buckinghamshire Record Office has no original copy of this 1868 map, and neither does the National Library of Scotland, one of the chief map repositories in the UK. Once we have photographed the whole map satisfactorily, we shall need to deposit it at Bucks Record Office for safe keeping.

It was donated to the DVS by a family from West Berkshire who were clearing their elderly cousin’s house in Datchet after her death. We very are grateful that they recognised its significance and searched for an appropriate recipient. The map was first shown to members at the Society’s AGM in May 2015; if you would like to see it yourself please get in touch with us.

1868 map photographed in sections

Below are the two main centres of Datchet in separate photos: the village and the common to its east. Although the railway was built by about 1850, the great Victorian development did not take place until the mid-1870s and many of our familiar roads had not been built in 1868.
(Photography Adrian Giddins, click for larger image and then use zoom tool.)

Village central









Areas beyond these sections, where there were fewer dwellings, are shown below at a lower resolution. Please contact us if you would like to see these in more detail, see the complete set of section photos, or for help in interpreting the roads and buildings shown in any of the map sections at this date. You might find the three accounts of Datchet’s growth useful, under General Articles on the main menu.