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We are an online specialist map retailer based in the United Kingdom, supplying maps, travel guides & nautical charts worldwide.


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Australia!


IMG_1543Recently we had an unusual request from a customer who wanted a map of Australia for her local swimming pool.  Members of the pool have set themselves various challenges over the years, initially to swim lengths the equivalent distance of around Great Britain, and then more recently to see how far south they could get.  IMG_1534Recently, they had clocked up the distance equivalent to reaching landfall in Australia, and this season they are going to see how far they can get around Australia!  Hence the map to plot their achievements!  What an incentive for regular swimmers at Wivey Pool!  We wish them every luck with clocking up the lengths this year, and celebrating the pools 90th birthday in 2017.IMG_1542


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Don’t live life on the edge!


myhouseEXOne of the blogs I personally enjoy following is that of Rev’d Claire Maxim, the blog has nothing to do with my working life, but does appeal to my spiritual life.  However, for me the two coincided in a recent post, when Rev’d Claire mentioned a map that had been given to her by one or her new parishioners of her local area.  If you should want a similar map, we can oblige, creating OS 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 of your chosen location in England, Scotland or Wales, where for once you can be at the centre of the map, and not on the edge!  Furthermore, we can also create historical maps of your chosen location as well!


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Commemorating World War One


ww1 mapI had a customer call the other day who wished to commemorate the first world war, by cycling the route of the front from Pfetterhouse to Nieuport.  He was looking into purchasing the 1:25 000 scale Bleue Series French IGN maps, until I pointed out that it would take at least 40-50 maps to cover the route, more possibly depending on which line of the front he followed.  However, he might have preferred to view the new IGN map Grande Guerre 1914-1918 which shows in detail the various front lines together with the sites of memorials etc.

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Greenland and the North Pole


9781553418412I had a fascinating time this morning reviewing this map for a customer, especially the side showing the North Pole and all the area within 55-60 degrees latitude. So often on a flat map this area is badly distorted as it is stretched across the top edge of the sheet (unless of course it is an upside down map!), and most globes on stands are fixed by the poles!  However with this map it is possible to see just however the counties in the northern polar region relate to each other, and often how close they are to each other!  It also highlights anomalies, such as why is Greenland administered by Denmark, when geographically and culturally it has much more in common with Canada?  Perhaps someone could answer this for me?


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Historic Maps


alangodfreyWe have had a lot of interest recently in the ‘new’ historic map of our home town of Melksham!

Alan Godfrey who publishes these maps clearly loves local history and virtually every map is accompanied by text on the reverse describing the history of the area, or a local directory of businesses of the time of the map.  We are constantly updating our website to keep up with the range produced by Alan Godfrey Maps, so if you can’t see your local area now, please check with us, and it may be added soon!

These maps are a ‘must’ for anyone who enjoys local history or researching their family tree, and at £2.50 – £3.25 each, they are easily affordable!