In some cases a 4 digit job number is given, usually against the margin in the bottom left corner, which can be identified from Bartholomew company records now held by the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.
From about 1911 until 1945 an abbreviated dating code was adopted using the last two digits of the publication year preceded by either an "A" or "B" indicating in which half of the year the map was produced, eg A14 indicating that the map was published in the first half of 1914.
Dating a Bartholomew Half-inch map can be problematic.
In some cases it may only be possible to establish an approximate date of publication, by using other data on the sheet: Before 1911 no date was included on the map and one has to make an estimate from the information depicted, or possibly by the advertising on the map covers.
St Bartholomew's Hospital, also known simply as Barts and later more formally as The Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew, is a hospital located at Smithfield in the City of London and founded in 1123. Barts was founded in 1123 by Rahere (died 1144, and entombed in the nearby Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great), a favourite courtier of King Henry I.
The Dissolution of the Monasteries did not affect the running of Barts as a hospital, but left it in a precarious position by removing its income.
At any one time, we have good stocks of vintage/antique OS (Ordnance Survey) one-inch maps from 1880 to 1930 covering most of England and Wales, mostly in the ‘Popular Edition’ series.Maps, on cloth, - many look unused ,others occasional small wear on seams with no loss of cartography.Bartholomew's usual very attractive depiction of heights by layers of colours from light green to dark brown.As well as being purchased for reasons of family research, nostalgia and for general use many of our maps are destined for collectors or those with specialist interest, such as local history, genealogy or cartographers.Always in stock at Jeremy’s Books of Southampton, England, are good numbers of maps from The Ordnance Survey, Bartholomew, Johnson and Bacon, Geographia and some interesting and scarce examples from other publishers such as Walker, Philips, and Gall & Inglis.