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Antique charts of Wales by William Morris

RICHARD NICHOLSON of CHESTER

A WORLD OF ANTIQUE MAPS AND PRINTS

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THE CARTOGRAPHER

WILLIAM MORRIS

Charts of Wales

Before reading this page about William Morris I would encourage you to read the page about William's father Lewis Morris

To the Reader

As. this performance may be esteemed the only one of the kind ever published in Great-Britain, it may not be improper to give some account of the rise, progress, and nature of the undertaking. The melancholy accounts of shipwrecks and losses on the Coast of Wales, (chiefly occasioned by the very slender. knowledge-and-imperfect description of that coast) pointed out to the Lords of the Admiralty the necessity of an actual survey, and their Lordships were pleased to order my father, the late Lewis Morris, upon that service; but as his surveys extended only from Ormes Head, near Chester Bar, to Milford Haven, they were found inadequate to the desired end; I therefore undertook to extend them to Liverpool, and to Cardiff in the Briftol Channel, and to include the East Coast of Ireland from Dublin to Wexford, which now renders the survey of the Welsh and Irish Coasts in St. George’s and the Bristol Channels complete.

I cannot avoid observing in this place, that some of the English draughts of the Coasts of Wales and Ireland, which are now in the hands of sailors, and which pass for new and correct charts, (I mean such as have come within the compass of my observation,) are evidently no other than very imperfect eye draughts, or else very corrupt copies of ancient surveys; and are upon no account to be depended upon. I am far from censuring the performance of others, but I take it to be the duty of every man to make public a matter which is of so great consequence to the nation. The correctness necessary in undertakings of this kind, by sea and by land, demands extraordinary care and application; and the many observations proper for determining justly the situations and positions of places, time of tide, soundings, &c.require the utmost attention, and much labour and pains, which: ought not, an such cases, to be spared, where the lives and property of so many persons (the most valuable Part of his Majesty’s subjects) are concerned n this survey and publication, besides the close application and hard labour requisite, I found almost insuperable difficulties, and that it required a resolution not easily to be intimidated to go through with it as the chief part of the business was to search carefully for those dangers others have endeavoured as carefully to avoid; and I am firmly of opinion that nothing material hath escaped my observation, that relate to these surveys: this may be seen by comparing other draughts with the General Chart, which is also published from an actual survey, and on which every dependence may be placed.

One observation more I may venture to make as peculiar to this work; and that is, the names of places are inserted according to their orthography; whereas in other charts and maps of the coast they are generally so inaccurately spelt, as not to be known by either natives or inhabitants; and are, for the most part, the spurious productions of ignorant transcribers and careless engravers.

WILLIAM MORRIS

List of Charts

  • Plan of the Bays, Bars, and Harbours, of Liverpool by William Morris
  • A Plan of the Bay and Harbour of Conway By the late Lewis Morris, Esqr.
  • The Entrance of Beaumaris River The Sound and Cross Road
  • Traeth Coch or Red Wharf Bay, Bar, and Harbour. By the late Lewis Morris, Esqr.
  • Dulas Bay and Harbour, by the late Lewis Morris Esqr.
  • Amlwch Port in the North of Anglesey By William Morris
  • Camlyn Bay and Harbour and the Coal Rock. By the Late Lewis Morris Esqr.
  • Holy Head Bay Road and Harbour, By the Late Lewis Morris Esqr.
  • Malldraeth and Aberffraw creeks and Llanddwyn road in Caernarvon Bay By the late Lewis Morris Esqr.
  • Caernarvon Bay Bar and Harbour and Llanddwynwen Road. By the Late Lewis Morris Esqur.
  • Porthdinlleyn and Nevyn Bay and Harbour, By the Late Lewis Morris, Esqr.
  • Bardsey Isle, in Welch Ynys Enllif By Willm. Morris
  • The North Entrance of Bardsey Sound and the Roads in Caernarvonshire By the Late Lewis Morris Edqr
  • Aberdaron Road the South East side of Bardsey Sound in Caernarvon Shire By the Late Lewis Morris Esqr.
  • St. Tudwals Road and Keiriad Road By the late Lewis Morris, Esqr.
  • Pwllheli Bay, Bar and Harbour, By the late Lewis Morris Esqr.
  • Barmouth Bay, Bars & Harbour, By the late Lewis Morris, Esqr.
  • Aberdovey Bay, Bar & Harbour, By the late Lewis Morris, Esqr.
  • Aberystwith Bay, Bar & Harbour in Cardiganshire, By the Late Lewis Morris, Esqr.
  • Aberaeron and New Key, Bay, Bar, and Harbour; By William Morris
  • Cardigan, Bay, Bar and Harbour, By the late Lewis Morris Esqr
  • Newport Bay & Harbour in Pembroke Shire By the late Lewis Morris Esqr.
  • Fiscard Bay & Harbour by the late Lewis Morris Esqr.
  • The Roads in Ramsey Sound on St. David's Heead, in Pembrokeshire, by the late Lewis Morris Esqr.
  • Solvach Bay & Harbour in Brides Bay, Pembrokeshire, By the late Lewis Morris Esqr.
  • Goldtop Road in St. Bride's Bay, near Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, By the late Lewis Morris Rsqr.
  • A Plan of Milford Haven, in the County of Pembroke, South Wales, by the late Lewis Morris Esq
  • Tenby Harbour & Road and Caldey Roads, in Bristol Channel.by the late Lewis Morris Esqr.
  • Carmarthen, Lougharn, and Cydwely, Bay, Bar, and Harbours; By William Morris
  • Burry Bay, Bar and Harbour; by William Morris
  • Swansea, Neath, Aberafon And the Mumble Flats; Bay, Bars, and Harbours; by William Morris
  • A Plan of the Bay & Harbour of Dublin by William Morris
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Titlepage and Dedication

The Charts

  •  APlan of the Bay and Harbours of Liverpool and Chester published by William Morris 1801

    APlan of the Bay and Harbours of Liverpool and Chester published by William Morris 1801

  •  A Plan of the Bay and Harbour of Conway published by William Morris 1801

    A Plan of the Bay and Harbour of Conway published by William Morris 1801

Subscribers

The last of subscribers listed on is pages at the end of the volume makes interesting reading. It is divided into the gentry followed by Offiers of His Majesty's Navy divided into Admirals, Captains and Lieutenants. Under the admirals there appears the name of Rt. Hon. Lord Nelson, K.B. amongst other famous names.

  •  Subscribers to volume of charts of Wales by William Morris published in 1800

    Subscribers to volume of charts of Wales by William Morris published in 1800

  •  List of gentry being subscriber to volume of charts of Wales by William Morris published in 1800

    List of gentry being subscriber to volume of charts of Wales by William Morris published in 1800

  •  List of gentry being subscribers to a volume of charts of Wales by William Morris published in 1800

    List of gentry being subscribers to a volume of charts of Wales by William Morris published in 1800

  •  List of Naval Officers including Lord Nelson who subscribed to William Morris' Charts of Wales, 1800

    List of Naval Officers including Lord Nelson who subscribed to William Morris' Charts of Wales, 1800

  •  List of Naval Captains who subscribed to William Morris' Charts of Wales, 1800

    List of Naval Captains who subscribed to William Morris' Charts of Wales, 1800

  •  List of Naval Captains and Lieutenants who subscribed to William Morris' Charts of Wales, 1800

    List of Naval Captains and Lieutenants who subscribed to William Morris' Charts of Wales, 1800

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References:
  • Map Collectors' Circle. No 54 Marine Plans and Charts of Wales by Owen Caradoc Evans

Back in 1969 Olwen Caradoc Evans was kind enough to send me a gift of her work on Marine Plans of Wales. All my other Map Collector's Circle publications are bound in cream coloured card. Olwen's copy is bound in green coloured card so I am wondering if the authors were given these as special publications. She had an antique map and print shop in Conway and you may come across items bearing her label. She died in 1998.

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Richard Nicholson

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.

Antique charts of Wales by William Morris

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