Cambridgeshire antique map. Antique parliamentary boundaries map of Cambridgeshire showing Wisbeach, Chesterton, Newmarket, Cambridge, Whittlesea, March, Chatteris, Whichford, Ely, Caxton, Bottisham, Arrington, Melbourn, Linton, Duxford. Published in the Report of the Boundary Commissioners for England and Wales 1885. Zincographed Ordnance Survey map of Cambridgeshire produced by R. Owen Jones, Royal Engineers. Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, London.
The Boundary Commissions in the United Kingdom are non-departmental public bodies responsible for determining the boundaries of constituencies for elections to the House of Commons and local authorities.
The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 (48 & 49 Vict., c. 23) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was a piece of electoral reform legislation that redistributed the seats in the House of Commons, introducing the concept of equally populated constituencies, a concept in the broader global context termed equal apportionment, in an attempt to equalise representation across the UK. It was associated with, but not part of, the Reform Act 1884 .
Ordnance Survey (OS) is a national mapping agency in the United Kingdom which covers the island of Great Britain. It is one of the world’s largest producers of maps. The agency’s name indicates its original military purpose was to map Scotland in the wake of the Jacobite rising of 1745. There was also a more general and nationwide need in light of the potential threat of invasion during the Napoleonic Wars. Ordnance Survey maps remain in copyright for fifty years after their publication. OS maps sold by Frontispiece Ltd are ‘out of copyright.’
Zincography was a planographic printing process that used zinc plates. Alois Senefelder first mentioned zinc’s lithographic use as a substitute for Bavarian limestone in his 1801 English patent specifications. In 1834, Federico Lacelli patented a zincographic printing process, producing large maps called géoramas. In 1837-1842, Eugène-Florent Kaeppelin perfected the process to create a large polychrome geologic map