Ordnance Survey Revision Point Photographs

Around 46,000 black and white photographs of Greater Manchester, mostly dated 1946 to 1955. Taken by Ordnance Survey and owned by Manchester Central Library, they are sometimes called 'Man with a white arrow' photos.

The snapshots show a man indicating a Revision Point and can include local people and children, shops, streets, works, farms, railway lines and canals. Quality varies 

The coverage map shows the estimated number of photos that will be available for each KM square, once all are uploaded (by end of 2018).

Collection Metadata


Post-war street photos

Date Range

1946 to 1962

Number of Images


Number on Timepix



Ordnance Survey


Manchester Archives +

Timepix Ltd


Timepix Ltd

Spatial Coverage Description

Greater Manchester


Ordnance Survey, surveying, minor control, 1940s, 1950s, revision point, man, white arrow, map, street, building, built environment, landscape


'Jimmy Ducks'
'Jimmy Ducks'
View of Mill from corner of No 133 Foxholes Road, 1953
Holy Trinity Church Spire, Kearsley
No 28 Cleveley's Avenue, Rochdale, 1953
Corner shop at No 33 Milnrow Road
No 75 Milnrow Road, Rochdale, 1953
Fred Kay, grocer shop at corner of Wellfield Street, Rochdale, 1953
Entrance to playground of All Saints School, corner of Foxholes Road and Buckley Road, 1953