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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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Maps and ShelterBox


photoFor several years now, Maps Worldwide has been pleased to be associated with the charity ShelterBox, with all customers being able to donate the change from their order to the charity, which Maps Worldwide matches.

My local church, St. Michael and All Angels is holding an Angel Festival from this weekend with the theme of ‘Angels as Helpers’, given all that ShelterBox does in its deployments around the world, I decided to make our contribution out of old maps with ShelterBox deployments highlighted.  I am not particularly creative, but I am pleased with the result!


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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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Last minute Christmas Gift?


It is clear from recent orders that some people are still searching for that last minute Christmas gifts online!

We can produce these print on demand bespoke maps of the UK using historical or current mapping from the Ordnance Survey.  We print these maps in our office and can dispatch them on the same or next working day by courier.  So if you are stuck for a gift idea, how about a modern or historical map of your chosen location?

Simply either place your order online or ring me on 01225 707004 by Friday 20th December!


Map Chair

IMG_0137 A few weeks ago, I wrote about the map chair being made by the wife of Mapsareus, well the chair is finished now and looking rather splendid!  The chair is now available for sale, with proceeds to the Wiltshire Scrapstore.  If anyone is interested in purchasing this chair, please contact us and we will pass on your offer.  Contact us at


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Know: List of Micro Nations (small countries)


List of sovereign nations with a non-sea area less than 1,000 km2 (386 sq mi)

Rank Country / Territory Area (km²/sqmi) Region
1 Vatican City Vatican City 0.44 km2(0.17 sq mi) Europe
2 Monaco Monaco 2.02 km2(0.78 sq mi) Europe
3 Nauru Nauru 21 km2 (8 sq mi) Oceania
4 Tuvalu Tuvalu 26 km2(10 sq mi) Oceania
5 San Marino San Marino 61 km2(24 sq mi) Europe
6 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 160 km2(62 sq mi) Europe
7 Marshall Islands Marshall Islands 181 km2(70 sq mi) Oceania
8 Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 261 km2(101 sq mi) Caribbean
9 Maldives Maldives 298 km2(115 sq mi) Asia – Indian Ocean
10 Malta Malta 316 km2(122 sq mi) Europe –Mediterranean Sea
11 Grenada Grenada 344 km2(133 sq mi) Caribbean
12 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 389 km2(150 sq mi) Caribbean
13 Barbados Barbados 430 km2(166 sq mi) Caribbean
14 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 443 km2(171 sq mi) Caribbean
15 Seychelles Seychelles 455 km2(176 sq mi) Africa – Indian Ocean
16 Palau 

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