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Get historical Isle of Man maps this Christmas 8 December 2008

Historical maps of the Isle of Man are available for individuals to buy from the DLGE Cartography Office - this Christmas and around the year. They’re a perfect present for every Manx resident who loves where they live. Just get in touch with the office on 01624 685 924, or go on-line at http://www.gov.im/dlge/planning/mapping/map_shop.xml for more details.

The Cartography Office holds historical aerial photography and Isle of Man maps from the Ordnance Survey County Series of 1869/71. For a low administration fee you can buy printouts of any part of the Isle of Man.

Rob Clynes, the Senior Cartographer at DLGE, said, ‘We’ve got so much fantastic historical mapping detail on record for every part of the Island. People can choose a large section of the Isle of Man (like the section of Peel we’ve attached with this e-mail), or just the bit where they actually live – it’s fascinating to compare the changes that have taken place between the 1870s and now. Our prices start from just £5 for an A4 reproduction, and for £6 we’ll laminate it too.’

DLGE’s Cartography Office also delivers one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date services in Britain – taking aerial photographs of the whole Island, and updating maps of all areas in precise detail, at least every five years. Maps made by the Cartography Office are used by every Department of Government, as well as by many other service providers across the Island. The office also produces the highly popular Manx footpaths map, which features every house and field boundary, and posters of aerial views of the whole Isle of Man.

The Cartography Office issues licences to other service providers too so that you can get up date detail about what your Island looks like. Google Earth and Google Maps now produce comprehensive aerial imagery and maps of the Island, and detailed street plans can also be found on the Government website. Hang-gliders, who were flying at Snaefell when the aerial photography ‘plane flew over, got in touch with the Office recently after spotting themselves on Google Earth.

If people would prefer to buy up-to-date maps and aerial photos of the Island they can do so on-line with http://www.getmapping.com, who are licensed to sell these images.

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