John Speeds maps of 1611

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John Speeds maps of 1611

Postby spuduka » 21 Apr 2011 17:27

Don't know if any of you are intersted in mpas buy Cambridge University have made John Speeds maps of 1611/12 available on line to look at. I found Bershire most interesting.
http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/maps/speed.html

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Re: John Speeds maps of 1611

Postby Ollycat » 21 Apr 2011 17:41

Must be time to go home - I read this as John's speed maps of 1611!! How fast is your horse!!

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Re: John Speeds maps of 1611

Postby cribsie » 21 Apr 2011 17:42

Very interesting collection, beautifully drawn and engraved. I have a copy of John Speed's map of Reading (which was published as a copy by Blackwells of Reading in 1883) but I'm not that familiar with his county maps so thanks spuduka, nice link!
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Re: John Speeds maps of 1611

Postby piwacket » 21 Apr 2011 17:43

Great Spuduka - I saw this reported in the paper today and was going to look for it.

Thanks very much I shall have a good look later :)
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Re: John Speeds maps of 1611

Postby Chris » 21 Apr 2011 18:11

Interesting to see there's an exclave of Wiltshire just south of Swallowfield (!?) and an exclave of Berkshire around the Glos/Oxon border!
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Re: John Speeds maps of 1611

Postby spuduka » 21 Apr 2011 21:17

That's what I noticed and part of Reading over in East & West Hanney.

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Re: John Speeds maps of 1611

Postby cribsie » 21 Apr 2011 21:33

I love the flourish used on some of the place names. 'Thele' in particular finishes in a particularly extravagant manner!
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Re: John Speeds maps of 1611

Postby ian » 21 Apr 2011 22:06

I remember being told that Sonning was part of Wiltshire as the Bishop of Salisbury had a residence there. I assume that the occurance of odd counties is for a similar reason.


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