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Introduction to how roads in England and Wales were mapped

Richard Nicholson of Chester

James Pepper reading

A World of Antique Maps and Prints

Established in 1961

James Pepper looking at an atlas

Road Maps

As well as county maps you can also collect early road maps. All the county maps of the British Isles up until the reign of Charles II did not show any roads. But in 1675 John Ogilby published his Britannia which was an atlas in which the roads of England and Wales were mapped for the first time. None of Scotland. This must have been a most time consuming and exhausting survey. But it meant that after this period county map started to include roads. Britannia was a heavy folio sized volume. Very difficult to carry around with you. But after 1700 there started to be published a number of smaller atlases with road maps based on Ogilby's survey. Much more convenient for the traveller.

County Maps

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Guide to Collecting County Maps

If your Interest is British County maps then you will probably find my ongoing project to offer more information on the amazing cartographers whose works you might want to collect. Still in its infancy and a lot of work to do but please check it out.


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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.

English County Maps - Richard Nicholson of Chester

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