County maps of Essex from the 20th century - 2nd part (and one of the 21st)

The table below lists flat maps of Essex in approximately chronological order; these are taken from Atlases, or in a few cases were published as maps of Essex alone. There is a link from each entry to a large picture.

There are no links to reference books on this page, as there are no reference books that I've seen to help.

The dimensions against each map are Height x Width, and as Essex is a little wider than it is tall the width is usually greater - assuming the map has north at the top. The measurements are of the outermost neat line of the map (not the size of the sheet of paper).

Alternatively, go to the preceding chronological listing, 20th century - first part.

Thumbnail maps Mapmakers, their Atlases and Maps
Thumbnail: Cruchley 1928

GF Cruchley
Gall & Inglis' County Maps of England

1928         478mm x 612mm
The cover changes, but the map lives on.

Thumbnail: Dunlop 1928

Dunlop
Touring Maps of Great Britain & Ireland

1928         346mm x 467mm
Dunlop uses W & AK Johnston Quarter Inch map.

Thumbnail: Bartholomews 1929

J Bartholomew
Essex

1929         513mm x 703mm
The Bartholomew Quarter Inch map continues.

Thumbnail: Geographia 1929

Geographia Ltd
Geographia Road Map of Essex & S. Suffolk

1929         741mm x 962mm
The two inch maps continue despite being ugly and overcrowded.

Thumbnail: ECC 1930

Essex County Council
Essex County Council County Road Map

1930         593mm x 755mm x 4
Four one inch sheets.


Thumbnail: Michelin 1930

Michelin
Michelin Map of Great Britain

1930         460mm x 1077mm
Michelin covers the country at 1:200,000.

Thumbnail: Geographia 1931

Geographia Ltd
Geographia Up-to-date Road Map of Essex

1931         411mm x 531mm
Three inch overcrowded map, but cheap.

Thumbnail: Bacon 1931

GW Bacon
Bacon's County Atlas of England and Wales

1931         303mm x 449mm
The Atlas keeps going.

Thumbnail: Bartholomews 1934

J Bartholomew
Essex

1934         512mm x 722mm
Bartholomew's iconic Half Inch map inter-war.

Thumbnail: Bacon 1935

GW Bacon
Bacon's County Map

1935         428mm x 601mm
Two male cyclists still consulting the map (for 15 years now!).


Thumbnail: Bacon 1935

RAC
RAC Quarter Inch Map of England & Wales

1936         453mm x 999mm
RAC switched to Bartholomew; odd shape though.

Thumbnail: Geographia Three inch map 1937

Geographia Ltd
Geographia Large Scale Road Map of Essex

1937         473mm x 720mm
Three miles to an inch, despite the title.

    Thumbnail: RAC Vol 7 1939

RAC
RAC Road Map & Gazetteer

1939         453mm x 999mm
County map from a gazetteer.

Thumbnail: Bartholomews 1939

J Bartholomew
Essex

1939         529mm x 813mm
Bartholomew's Half Inch map just before WW2.

Thumbnail: Mee 1939

A Mee
Children's Encyclopedia

1939         130mm x 198mm
Arthur Mee's reissue, firts published by Harmsworth.

Thumbnail: Geographia Two inch map 1942

Geographia Ltd
Geographia No 14 Essex & S Suffolk

1942         748mm x 963mm
Two miles to an inch; Geographia bombed out of old address.

Thumbnail: Geographia Three inch map 1942

Geographia Ltd
Geographia Up-to-date Road Map of Essex

1942         411mm x 531mm
Three miles to an inch; Geographia's cheaper line in maps.

      Thumbnail: Johnston 1944

W & AK Johnston
Motoring and Hiking Map, Section KK

1944         612mm x 487mm
Same size map as their 1905, but much more land.

Thumbnail: Geographia Three inch map 1944

Geographia Ltd
Geographia Large Scale Road Map of Essex

1944         476mm x 720mm
Three miles to an inch; Geographia's pricier line in maps.

Thumbnail: Geographia Three inch map 1946

Geographia Ltd
Geographia Large Scale Road Map of Essex

1946         475mm x 720mm
Three miles to an inch; we move post-war.

Thumbnail: ECC Roads 1947

Essex County Council
County of Essex

1947         613mm x 781mm
Post-war gone down to half-inch map.

        Thumbnail: Dunlop 1948

Dunlop
The Dunlop Maps

1948         245mm x 191mm
Twelve inch maps as a set of cards.

  Thumbnail: AA thruway 1948

J Bartholomew & The AA
Throughway map of the Home Counties

1948         692mm x 779mm
The AA now using Bartholomew's Quarter Inch map, but with different sheet sizes.


Thumbnail: QtrInch Sheet 19 1950ish

J Bartholomew & The AA
London Northwards

1950         692mm x 779mm
The AA still using Bartholomew's Quarter Inch map, but with smaller sheets.

Thumbnail: Bartholomews 1951

J Bartholomew
Essex

1951         525mm x 808mm
Bartholomew's Half Inch map just after WW2.

Thumbnail: Geographia Three inch map 1952

Geographia Ltd
Geographia Large Scale Road Map of Essex

1952         472mm x 719mm
Three miles to an inch; a change of cover.

      Thumbnail: Johnston 1952

W & AK Johnston
New Two Miles to 1 Inch map

1952         547mm x 866mm
Bigger map, and larger scale than before.

Thumbnail: ECC Roads 1955

Essex County Council
County of Essex

1955         600mm x 7772mm
Just like the 1947 version.

Thumbnail: Fire Stations map 1957

Johnston and Bacon
Essex

1957         235mm x 362mm
Essex Fire Brigade - map of Fire Stations.

    Thumbnail: BMC 1959

BMC
Essex

1959         416mm x 418mm
County Map & Gazetteer.

Thumbnail: British Railways 1960s

British Railways
Herts, Essex & Suffolk

1960s (?)         248mm x 314mm
Looks like a postcard, but is a poster.

Thumbnail: Unknown 1960s

Unknown
Essex

1960s (?)         128mm x 152mm
Garish sketch map from a magazine (?).

    Thumbnail: Country Life 1961

Country Life
Shell Guide to Essex

1961         68mm x 80mm
Tiny map to encourage you to drive around the county.

Maps below are generally not shown for copyright reasons.

Thumbnail: Bartholomews 1964

J Bartholomew
Essex

1964         522mm x 806mm
Bartholomew's Half Inch maps continue.

Thumbnail: Bartholomews 1967

J Bartholomew
Essex

1967         520mm x 800mm
Bartholomew's Half Inch maps continue.

Thumbnail: Bartholomews 1970

J Bartholomew
Essex

1970         520mm x 800mm
Bartholomew's Half Inch maps continue.

        Thumbnail: Bartholomews 1973

J Bartholomew
East Anglia Grand Touring

1973         965mm x 742mm
The Bartholomew Quarter Inch map goes regional.

Thumbnail: Bartholomews 1975

J Bartholomew
Essex

1975         646mm x 1007mm
Bartholomew's Half Inch maps go metric.

Thumbnail: IHGS 1980

Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
Essex Parishes

1980         300mm x 392mm
Identifies a Parish and its Archdeaconery.

Thumbnail: IHGS 1983

Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
Essex Parishes

1983         177mm x 230mm
Smaller version, but with printed grid.

        Thumbnail: Bartholomews 1990

J Bartholomew
East Anglia and South East England

1990         990mm x 759mm
The Bartholomew Quarter Inch regional map gets bigger.

Thumbnail: Geoplan 2007

Geoplan
Essex, Sheet 16

2007         863mm x 1209mm
Modern map of Post Code districts.

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