Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 72 - Birmingham, 1925: Coventry, Nuneaton, Solihull, Kenilworth, West Bromwich
Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 72 - Birmingham, 1925: Coventry, Nuneaton, Solihull, Kenilworth, West Bromwich
Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 72 - Birmingham, 1925: Coventry, Nuneaton, Solihull, Kenilworth, West Bromwich

Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 72 - Birmingham, 1925: Coventry, Nuneaton, Solihull, Kenilworth, West Bromwich

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The Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 72 - Birmingham, 1925, is a fascinating piece of cartographic history that provides a detailed snapshot of the English Midlands during the early 20th century. This map showcases the major towns and cities of Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Solihull, Kenilworth, and West Bromwich, offering a valuable resource for historians, researchers, and enthusiasts alike.

This map holds great historical significance as it allows us to explore the region as it was in 1925. It provides a unique perspective on the development and growth of these towns and cities, showcasing their layout, street patterns, and landmarks during that era. It is important to note that while some modern cities may not be present on this map, it is equally exciting to discover earlier names for certain locations, offering a glimpse into the past.

Birmingham, the largest city in the West Midlands, is prominently featured on this map. Situated in the historic county of Warwickshire, Birmingham was a thriving industrial center known for its manufacturing and trade. Coventry, another notable city, was renowned for its medieval cathedral and the production of bicycles and motor vehicles. Nuneaton, a market town in Warwickshire, was famous for its coal mining and textiles. Solihull, located southeast of Birmingham, was known for its picturesque landscapes and historic buildings. Kenilworth, with its magnificent castle ruins, held significant historical and literary importance. West Bromwich, an industrial town, played a crucial role in the development of the region's coal and iron industries.

Major Settlements and Features:

  • Birmingham: The largest city in the West Midlands, known for its industrial heritage and vibrant cultural scene.
  • Coventry: Home to a medieval cathedral and historically renowned for its bicycle and motor vehicle manufacturing.
  • Nuneaton: A market town with a rich coal mining and textile heritage.
  • Solihull: A picturesque town with beautiful landscapes and notable historic buildings.
  • Kenilworth: Famous for its impressive castle ruins, steeped in history and literary connections.
  • West Bromwich: An industrial town that played a significant role in the coal and iron industries.

Notable Boundaries, Rivers, and Natural Phenomena:

  • River Tame: A major river that flows through Birmingham and West Bromwich, providing a natural boundary and water source.
  • Birmingham and Fazeley Canal: An important waterway that connected Birmingham with Fazeley, facilitating trade and transportation.
  • Sutton Park: One of the largest urban parks in Europe, located near Sutton Coldfield, offering a natural escape within the bustling city.

Historical Events (within 20 years before 1925):

  • 1909: The formation of the Birmingham Civic Society, a significant organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the city's architectural and cultural heritage.
  • 1921: The establishment of Coventry Cathedral, later destroyed during World War II and rebuilt as a modernist masterpiece.

Immerse yourself in the history and geography of the English Midlands with this meticulously detailed Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 72 - Birmingham, 1925. Discover the past landscapes, towns, and cities, and gain valuable insights into the region's development and heritage.

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.

The model in the listing images is holding the 18x24in (45.5x61cm) version of this map.

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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.

If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my main collection of UK and Ireland maps.

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 have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

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All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

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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.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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