Ordnance Survey Abbreviations

We are very grateful to Dr Richard Oliver for compiling this list and allowing us to use it. The abbreviations have been compiled from a number of sources, relating to all scales of Ordnance Survey mapping in Scotland, England and Wales. For more information on these abbreviations and their interpretation, please consult Richard Oliver's book Ordnance Survey maps: a concise guide for historians (London : Charles Close, 1993).

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BBaulk, Bank, Base, Basin, Bridge, Broad
BBoiler
BBoulevard, Broadway, Brow
BBreak in dual carriageway
BBreak in house numbers
B MdBoundary Mound
B MkBoundary Mark
B RodBrass Rod
B-PBy-pass
BanffBanffshire
BaptBaptist
BATTBattlement
BatteryBty
BBBase of Bank
BBBuried Block
BCBorough Constituency
BCBurgh Constituency
BDBoulevard
BdyBoundary
BDYBroadway
Bdy MBoundary Mark or Mound
BedsBedfordshire
BerksBerkshire
BerwickBerwickshire
BGBurial Ground
BHBeer House
BkBank
BKBank (building)
BK HBake House
BksBarracks
BLDG(S)Building(s)
BldgsBuildings
BlgBuilding
BMBench Mark
BNBarn
BnBroken (hedge or bank)
BoBoulder
BO H?Boiler House
BolBollard
BoroBorough
Boro ConstBorough Constituency
BPBoundary Post or Plate
BRBrass Rivet
BrBridge
BRBridge
BRBridle Road
BRBrow
BR HBrew House
Br PBraced Post
Brac/RGBracken and Rough grassland
BreckBrecknockshire
BSBoundary Stone
BucksBuckinghamshire
Burgh ConstBurgh Constituency
Burial GdBurial Ground
BusOmnibus
ButeButeshire
BUTTButtress
BVDBoulevard
BYBroadway
BY-PSBy-pass

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