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    Wip UK administrative map, 1947

    I'm currently making a series of administrative maps of the UK based on the Commons maps (they're excellent, but only cover individual countries, plus they're PNGs, so not conveniently editable). The one I'm working on at the moment is set around 1947 or thereabouts - almost nothing was changed between 1939 and 1952, so it could be at any point there in between - and when I'm done with it, it'll show all the counties, county boroughs and municipal boroughs (the Scottish ones were called burghs, but it's virtually the same thing). The style I'm going for is a utilitarian one, similar to that of the maps I'm basing the whole thing on.

    Latest WiP is this:
    UK administrative map, 1947-yqlp9cr.png

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    It looks good so far Ares. What software are you using for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    It looks good so far Ares. What software are you using for it?
    PDN. By now I've finished up Ireland and added more burghs in Scotland (the Borders are basically done). Last but not least, the London inset has been added;

    UK administrative map, 1947-uk-base-0.2.png

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    Yes, and if you research the administrative centres of some Welsh counties, you might know why those counties don't exist anymore

    New Radnor, the ancient administrative centre of Radnorshire (now part of Powys):

    http://history.powys.org.uk/images/p...ne/6newra3.gif

    (The town hasn't really grown since that time)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodowech View Post
    Yes, and if you research the administrative centres of some Welsh counties, you might know why those counties don't exist anymore

    New Radnor, the ancient administrative centre of Radnorshire (now part of Powys):

    http://history.powys.org.uk/images/p...ne/6newra3.gif

    (The town hasn't really grown since that time)
    Yeah, the Welsh counties were probably decent fiefs for the Marcher Lords, but since then they haven't been much use as subdivisions. These days Glamorgan and Gwent (which is more or less coterminous with Monmouthshire), put together, have a slightly higher population than all the other counties. They could at least have kept them around as lieutenancy areas though. The "new" counties break my cartographer heart with their largeness and non-byzantineness.

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    The "new" counties break my cartographer heart with their largeness and non-byzantineness.
    Cumbria, what is that? Westmorland forever

    Greater Manchester? Forget it, that's Lancashire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodowech View Post
    Cumbria, what is that? Westmorland forever

    Greater Manchester? Forget it, that's Lancashire
    Cromartyshire forever. You don't make contiguous units of administration; it takes all the sport out of actually administrating them.
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    New WIP. I've finished the Scottish coastline (islands are still left to do though) and, more importantly, I've begun work on the key.

    UK administrative map, 1947-uk-base-0.3.png

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    The numbers on the map are a little small - one or two points more for the font would be helpful for poor old eyes like mine.

    The rest of the map though.... superb is the correct term!

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