Insert a single space only between words and after a full stop. Never insert a space before punctuation. Do not indent paragraphs. Ensure your spell-checker is set to the proper language, that is, UK English.
ABBREVIATIONS should be avoided where possible unless the use is
normal practice, e.g. GWR. Abbreviations such as Esq., e.g., et seq., etc. have full stops but
contractions such as Mr, Dr, St, yd, ft, lb, 1st, 2nd etc. do not.
Apostrophes indicate the possessive. The exception
is 'its'. [It's is short for 'it is'.] Whilst it is also used for contractions such as 'can't', 'didn't',
etc. we would prefer not to use these.
CAPITALS should be kept to a minimum and reserved generally for proper
Always 15 December 1992, except in tabulation when
15.12.1992 is used. Periods such as the 1920s do not have an apostrophe. The 'nineteenth
century' not 'C19' or '19th-century'. 1940s not '40s, but forties is acceptable.
FOREIGN WORDS (including Latin and Cornish) will be in italics.
GRID REFERENCES as OS usage, viz. SW 123456
INITIALS in proper names should be followed by full stops and separated
by spaces, e.g. J. B. Smith. Company abbreviations, such as railways and canals, have neither
full stops nor spaces, viz. GWR, WC&PR, RNLI.
Predecimalisation express in the form £1,066 17s 6d, £1,066
17s, 17s 6d, 10d. Decimal as £1,066.85, £0.85, 85p. Decimal conversion is
Numbers up to ten should be written in words, except in a
sequence, and 11 and upwards are figures, unless approximate or part of a phrase. Use commas
in large numbers, but not in years.
Single quotation marks are to be used, double
quotations only for quotations within quotations.
WEIGHTS & MEASURES
Old style units should be written out in
full in running text. In tables, etc. use the accepted abbreviation without space between the
number and abbreviation. lb, oz, cm, cwt, ft, in are always singular but hrs, fms, yds, tons may
be expressed in the plural when appropriate. Metric conversion is unnecessary.
Cornish engines, which are described by the cylinder diameter, may be referred to as, for
YEARS, PAGINATION, ETC
Use the least number of figures
possible, except for the range 10 to 19 in each hundred. E.g. 1900-1, 1909-13, 250-1, 217-18.
'From 500 to 600' is better than '500-600', never 'from 500-600'.
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