The A–Z (pronounced "Ay to Zed"), or in full the Geographers' A–Z Street Atlas, is a name given to any one of a range of atlases of streets in the United Kingdom currently produced by Geographers' A–Z Map Company Limited. Its first atlas, of London, was originally compiled in the 1930s by Phyllis Pearsall. The company she founded now publishes street maps of many cities and towns in the UK.
Until relatively recently, maps produced by the Geographers' (A–Z) Map Company did not include a publication date. Some clues to dating include:
their first map was published in 1936;
the only maps produced by them during WW2 (1939–1945) were war maps of Europe;
until 1962, the "Published By" address was 24 Grays Inn Road, Holborn, London;
from 1962 to 1992, the "Published By" address was Sevenoaks, Kent;
from 1992 onwards, the "Published By" address is Borough Green, Kent;
in 1972, the company name was changed from Geographers' Map Company to Geographers' A–Z Map Company.
About Motley creator:
Hailing from and currently residing in Manchester. I'm incredibly passionate about my city. The hope is that I can do my part to make it an interesting place to live.
Besides being best known for my street art, I enjoy working with the best possible medium to execute an idea. In true Motley fashion. Meaning mismatched and irregular. My work is less rooted in a common visual style and more based on the independent reaction to what inspired me in the first place.
I take inspiration from many sources. Elements of public space such as advertisements and signage are of particular interest. Given that street art is technically illegal, I'm fascinated by the visual elements of the street that are permitted.
My dream job would either be mayor of Manchester or Ikea bookshelf instructions designer.