A series of early 18th century county maps and road maps. The maps are double sided. Some have a county map on one side and a road map on the reverse side. Others have a road map on both sides.
For the county maps available please refer to the county listings of maps.
These delightful and fascinating small road maps with their embellishments of coats of arms and historical notes come from an 18th century road atlas - Britannia Depicta. The strip road maps of England and Wales first appeared in 1675 with the publishing of John Ogilby's magnificent atlas Britannia, containing 100 folio sized road maps. By the first part of the 18th century there was public demand for a small road atlas that could be easily carried by travellers on horseback or for those who could afford to take a coach. There were a number of abortive attempts to produce such a handy sized atlas but others succeeded like John Senex who published his small road atlas in 1719. A year later Britannia Depicta was published by Thomas Bowles. The interesting notes that appear on the front and back of each map were compiled by the antiquarian and lawyer John Owen whilst the engraving was undertaken by Emanuel Bowen This was Bowen's first major work as a cartographical engraver for which he received a part share in the atlas in payment for his labours. The format of the atlas and maps met with the public's approval and the atlas was republished many times over the next forty years until the last edition in 1764. The double sided Road Maps each measure about 5 x 7 inches.
Plate Number followed by an indication of the route 1/2 CARDIGANSHIRE. / London, Uxbridge, Beaconsfield 3/4 High Wycombe, Tetsworth, Oxford, Islip. Islip, Enston, Morton Broadway. 5/6 Broadway, Pershore, Worcester, Bramyard. / Bramyard Leominster, Presteign. 7/8 Rhayader, Aberystwyth. SUSSEX 9/10 London, Ewell, Leatherhead, Dorking / Billingshurst, Amberley. 11/12 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE. London, Ware, Puckridge. 13/14 Royston, Huntingdon Stilton/Stilton, Stamford. 15/16 Grantham, Newark, Tuxford? Tuxford, Bawtry, Doncaster. 17/18 Wentbridge, Ferrybridge, Tadcaster, York/ York Boroughbridge, North Allerton. 19/20 Darlington, Durham, Chester le Street/Newcastle Morpeth. 21/22 Alnwick, Berwick. MIDDLESEX. 23/24 London, Hounslow, Maidenhead, Reading/Newbury, Hungerford, Marlborough. 25/26 Marlborough, Chippenham, Marshfield/Bristol Axbridge,Huntspil 27/28 NORTHAMPTONSHIRE. London, Uxbridge, Amersham, Missenden. 29/30 Wendover, Aylesbury, Buckingham, Banbury/Banbury Stratford, Caughton 31/32 Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Bridgnorth. Banbury, Campden. GLAMORGANSHIRE 33/34 London, Brentford, Hounslow Slough/ Maidenhead, Henley, Dorchester,, Abingdon 35/36 Abingdon, Faringdon, Lechlade / Gloucester Monmouth 37/38 Monmouth, Newport, Cardiff/Llandaff, Cowbridge, Burton 39/40 Burton, Swansea,Llanelly, Kidwelly Haverfordwest,St Davids 41/42 London, Deptford,Dartford, Rochester, Rainham. Description of London on verso 43/44 Sittingbourne, Canterbury, Dover. Part of an Description of London on verso 45/46 London, Romford, Chelmsford, Kelvedon, Colchester, Harwich. 47/48 London, Eltham, Farningham, Wrotham. Part of a description on verso 49/50 Maidstone, Ashford, Hythe. ANGLESEY. 51/52 London, High Barnet, St. Albans, Dunstable, Stony Stratford,Towcester 53/54 Towcester, Daventry, Dunchurch, Coventry, Coleshill, Lichfield 55/56 Lichfield, Rugeley, Stone, Darleston, Nantwich, Tarporley, Chester 57/58 Chester, Hawarden, Northop, Denbigh, Conway Beaumaris, Holyhead 59/60 London, Brentford, Hounslow, Staines, Bagshot. Description of London on verso. 61/62 Basingstoke, Andover, Salisbury. 63/64 Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Crewkerne, Axminster, Exeter, Chidley 65/66 Ashburton, Plymouth, Looe, Foy, Tregony 67/68 Golsenna, Penzance, Lands End. Part of a description of London on verso 69/70 Southwark, Stretham, Croydon, East Grinstead, Newhaven, Brighton, New Shoreham. 71/72 London, Wandsworth, Kingston, Guildford. Godalming Description of London on verso. 73/74 Lippock, Petersfield, Portsmouth, London, Bromley, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge 75/76 Lamberhurst, Newenden, Rye. Part of a description of London on verso. 77/78 Andover, Amesbury, Warminster. Part of a description on London on verso. 79/80 Bruton, East Lidford, Bridgwater, Dulverton 81/82 South Moulton, Barnstaple, Torrington, Hatherleigh, Launceston, Camelford 83/84 Padstow, Columb, Truro, Part of a description of London on verso. 85/86 Chippenham, Bath Wells, Marlborough, Devises, Trowbridge, Wells 87/88 Stilton, Peterborough, Crowland, Spalding Part of a description of London on verso. 89/90 Boston, Sleaford, Lincoln. STAFFORDSHIRE. 91/92 Darleston Bridge, Newcastle under Lyme, Warrington, Wigan, Whittle, Preston Garstang 93/94 Garstang, Lancaster, Bolton, Kendal, Penrith, Carlisle 95/96 SURREY. Guildford, Godalming, Midhurst, Chichester. 97/98 Midhurst, Petersfield, Winchester. DERBYSHIRE. 99/100 Stony Stratford, Northampton, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Derby 101/102 Tamesford, Eaton, Stilton, Peterborough. Part of a description of London on verso. 103/104 Market Deeping, Sleaford, Lincoln, Glamfordbridges, Barton. 105/106 Hull, Beverley, Bridlington, Flamborough Head. CAMBRIDGESHIRE. 107/108 Puckeridge, Cambridge, Ely, Downham, Kings Lynn 109/110 MERIONETHSHIRE. Campden, Evesholme, Worcester. 111/112 Tenbury, Ludlow, Bishops Castle, Montgomery. Description of the Fens on verso. 113/114 High Barnet, Hatfield, Baldock, Biggleswade, St. Neots, Oakham 115/116 RUTLANDSHIRE. Puckeridge, Newmarket. 117/118 Thetford, Attleborough, Norwich. BEDFORDSHIRE 119/120 St. Albans, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Rockingham, Oakham. 121/122 Oakham, Melton Mowbray, Nottingham, Mansfield, Rotherham, Barnsley 123/124 Barnsley, Halifax, Skipton, Richmond. 125/126 SHROPSHIRE. Meriden, Birmingham, Dudley, Bridgnorth, Wenlock. 127/128 Shrewsbury, Welshpool. ISLANDS IN THE BRITISH OCEAN 129/130 Bagshot, Farnham, Alresford, Southampton, Salisbury 131/132 HERTFORDSHIRE. Newmarket, Swaffham. 133/134 Fakenham, Walsingham, Wells. Newmarket, Bury St. Edmunds. 135/136 Basingstoke, Stockbridge, Cranford, Blandford, Dorchester, Weymouth 137/138 BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. Colchester, Ipswich, Woodbridge. 139/140 Saxmundham, Beccles, Yarmouth. OXFORDSHIRE. 141/142 Bristol, Chipping Sodbury, Tetbury, Cirencester, Burford, Banbury. 143/144 HEREFORDSHIRE. Bristol, Chepstow, Monmouth. 145/146 Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Church Stretton, Shrewsbury. 147/148 Whitchurch, Chester. DEVONSHIRE. 149/150 Bristol, Wells, Glastonbury, Taunton, Wellington, Exeter. 151/152 WORCESTERSHIRE. Bristol, Dursley. 153/154 Gloucester, Tewksbury, Worcester. DORSETSHIRE, 155/156 Bristol, Wells, Glastonbury, Somerton, Crewkerne, Frampton, Weymouth 157/158 Cambridge, St. Neots, Higham Ferrers. Description of Cambridge University on verso. 159/160 Northampton, Rugby, Coventry. EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE 161/162 Carlisle, Jedburgh,, Kelso, Berwick. 163/164 BRECONSHIRE. Chester, Wrexham, Sellatyn, Llanfyllin. 165/166 Llanfair, , Tregynon. Newtown, Llanbedr, Builth Wells, Brecon. 169/170 Dartmouth, Exeter, Silverton, Bumpkin, Minehead. 171/172 PEMBROKESHIRE. St. David's Fishguard, Newport, Cardigan. 173/174 Llanerch, Llanbadern Vawr, Talabont, Machynlleth Dinas Mawddy. 175/176 Bala, Bettws y Coed, Ruthin, , Holywell. Description of Exeter on verso. 177/178 Exeter, Crediton, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Bideford, Torrington. 179/180 CORNWALL. Exeter, Tavistock 181/182 St. Ives, Liskeard, Lostwithiel, Truro. DENBIGHSHIRE 183/184 Gloucester, Campden, Stratford, Warwick, Coventry. 185/186 MONTGOMERYSHIRE. Gloucester, Huntley, Ross, Hereford 187/188 Pembridge, Presteign, Montgomery. LEICESTERSHIRE. 189/190 Hereford, Worcester,Droitwich,, Bromsgrove, Solihull, Meriden, Coventry, Leicester 191/192 HUNTINGDONSHIRE. Huntingdon, Erith, Ely, Soham 193/194 Bury St. Edmunds, Needham Market, Ipswich. SUFFOLK 195/196 Ipswich, Norwich, Cromer. 197/198 Kings Lynn, Swaffham, Thetford. Description of the British Ocean Islands on verso. 199/200 Ixworth, Ipswich, Harwich. NORFOLK. 201/202 King's Lynn, Billingford, Norwich, Yarmouth. 203/204 MONMOUTHSHIRE. Monmouth, Abergavenny, Crickhowell. 205/206 Brecon, Llandovery, Llanbedor. LINCOLNSHIRE 207/208 Nottingham, Newark. Lincoln, Market Rasen, Grimsby. 209/210 Oxford, Faringdon, Purton. Description of Oxford University on verso. 211.212 Malmesbury, Bristol, Arms of the Colleges of Oxford University on verso. 213/214 Oxford, Burcester, Buckingham, Bedford, Cambridge. 215/216 Cartouche and 21 College Arms of Cambridge. Map on verso Oxford to beyond Newbury. 217/218 Basingstoke, Alton, Petersfield, Chichester. WARWICKSHIRE 219/220 Oxford, Banbury, Southam, Coventry, Nuneaton, Ashby, Derby. 221/222 BERKSHIRE. Oxford, Abingdon, Great Shelford, Hungerford. 223/224 North Tudworth, Salisbury, Cranborne, Wimborne Minster, Poole. RADNORSHIRE 225/226 Presteign, Builth, Carmarthen. 227/228 GLOUCESTERSHIRE. Salisbury, Burbage, Marlborough. 229/230 Burford, Campden. NORTHUMBERLAND. 231/232 Tynemouth, Newcastle, Hexham, Haltwhistle, Carlisle. 233/234 CAERNARVONSHIRE. Welshpool, Dinas Mawddwy, Dollgelley. 235/236 Harlech, Dolbadern, Caernarvon. LANCASHIRE. 237/238 York, Knaresborough, Ripley, Skipton, Settle, Hornby, Lancaster. 239/240 CHESHIRE. York, Tadcaster, Leeds, 241/242 Rochdale, Manchester, Warrington, Frodsham, Chester, Manchester, Stockport. 243/244 Buxton, Derby. CARMARTHENSHIRE 245/246 Carmarthen, Cardigan, Llanbedr, Aberystwyth. 247/248 ESSEX. Chelmsford, Sudbury. 249/250 Bury St. Edmunds, Chelmsford, Saffron Walden. KENT 251/252 Chelmsford to Maldon,Rayleigh and Dover 253/254 Exeter, Lyme Regis, Description of Dorchester and Lyme Regis on verso. 255/256 Bridport, Dorchester. Plymouth, Dartmouth. WEST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE. 257/258 Ferrybridge, Boroughbridge,Richmond, Barnard Castle, Ferrybridge, Pontefract, Wakefield. 259/260 CUMBERLAND. Kendal, Keswick. 261/262 Cockermouth. Egremont, Cockermouth, Carlisle. 263/264 Alresford,Winchester, Rumsey, Ringwood, Poole, Lymington, Southampton, Winchester. 265/266 FLINTSHIRE. Shrewsbury, Wrexham. 267/268 Mold, Holywell. Chester, Flint, Holywell. COUNTY DURHAM 269/270 Whitby, Guisborough, Morton, Durham,Sunderland,Tynemouth, Kingscleer. 271/272 WESTMORLAND. York, New Malton, Pickering. 273 Whitby, New Malton, Scarborough,Plain on verso.
I was 19 when I got hooked on antique maps. There are quite a few of the early cartographers who we know a bit about about and their life stories make interesting reading. There is one English mapmaker who stands out as someone rather special who appears to have had a most interesting life. He is JOHN OGILBY. Yes you know he was the first to map the roads of England and Wales and yes you might have read that he had an interest in dancing. If you want to know more about the man who created that 17th century map hanging on your wall then you must read this book published in 2016 - The Nine Lives of John Ogilby by Alan Ereira. In this book the author brings a fascinating hidden history to light, and reveals that Ogilby's celebrated Britannia is far more than a harmless road atlas: it is, rather, filled with secrets designed to serve Charles II's sinister purpose.
I have been buying and selling antique maps since the early 1960's during which time I had a gallery in Watergate Street, Chester for 30 years. I am now able to offer through my websites a personal service to map and print collectors.