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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SScar, Sewer, Side of, Slope, Sluice, Stone, Stream
SSide, Spur, Square, Stairs, Steps, Strand, Street
SSink; Sink Stones
SSouth
SStone
SStreet (mereing)
SASalvation Army
SalopShropshire
SANatmSanatorium
SANDSub-Areas Name Diagram
SBSignal Box
S BrSignal Bridge
ScScrub
SCStop Cock
(Scat)Scattered (density)
SchSchool
SDSide
SDSingle Drain or Ditch
SdSound
SDStrand
SDStrand
SDSun Dial
SecSecondary
SelkSelkirkshire
SepSeptember
SF???
SFSide of Fence, Furrow, etc
SGSewer Grate
S GantrySignal Gantry
S GlamSouth Glamorgan
SHSummer House
Sh FdSheep Fold
SkSketched
SksSinks
SLSignal Lamp
SLSignal Light
SlSluice
SMSloping Masonry
SmySmithy
SNScientific Network
SomerSomerset
SPSewer Pipe
SPSignal Post
SpSpire
SpSpreads
SPSpur
SprSpring
SqSquare
SQSquare
SRSide of River
SRSStairs
SSSaints
SSSingle Stream
SSlipSingle Slip
StSaint
STSpring Tides
STStable
StStone
StStreet
StaStation
StafStaffordshire [pre-1974]
StaffsStaffordshire [post-1974]
S StaSignal Station
StdStandard
StirlStirlingshire
StnStation
STPSSteps
STRSStairs
STSSteps
StsSteps
SuffSuffolk
Sun SchSunday School
SurSurface
Sur BSurface Block
SurreySurrey
SussexSussex
SutherSutherland
SVSewer Vent?
SVSpirit Vaults
SWSloping Wall
SwSwitch

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