Saxton’s Map of Kent, Sussex, Surrey & Middlesex 1575
Saxton’s Map of Kent, Sussex, Surrey & Middlesex 1575

Saxton’s Map of Kent, Sussex, Surrey & Middlesex 1575

c. 1900 to c. 1930 England

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Originally engraved by Remigius Hogenberg. This a copy after the original as published by Emery Walker (Cartographers) Ltd. (Fl. 1851-1933).
English, circa 1900 - 1930
Height 22.75” (58cm) Width 28.25” (72cm)
Stock No. 1558
Information from the British Library
This map of Kent and the neighbouring counties of Sussex, Middlesex and Surrey is from there 1583 edition of the Saxton atlas off England and Wales. This atlas was first published as a whole in 1579. It consists of 35 coloured maps depicting the counties England and Wales. The atlas is of great significance to British cartography as it set a standard of cartographic representation in Britain and the maps remained the basis for English county mapping, with few exceptions, until after 1750. During the reign of Elizabeth 1 map use became more common, with many government matters referring to increasingly accurate maps with consistent scales and symbols made possible by advances in surveying techniques. Illustrating the increasing use of maps in government matters Lord Burghley, Elizabeth 1’s Secretary of State, who had been determined to have England and Wales mapped in detail from the 1550s, selected the cartographer Christopher Saxton to produce a detailed and consistent survey of the country. The financier of the project was Thomas Seckford, Master of Requests at the Count of Elizabeth 1, whose arms appear, along with the royal crest, on each map. In the bottom right hand corner a scale bar and a written description of the counties and of London. Although at a small scale London is shown in some detail in the map with St. Paul’s Cathedral and London bridge clearly discernible. St. Paul’s is correctly shown without its steeple which was destroyed by lightning in 1561 and was not replaced. Paddington, Highgate and Camberwell are shown as outlying countryside, as yet uncolonised by the metropolis. In neighbouring Berkshire, Windsor is marked by a larger group of red structures than its neighbours, reflecting the royal association with Windsor and the presence of the castle, the park is also shown as a large wooded enclosure. Hampton Court is also marked. The name of the engraver Religious Hogenberg, one of seven English and Flemish engravers employed to produce the copper plates for the atlas, is contained in the scale bar.
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