A delightful little road map of Norfolk and Suffolk from 1736 highlighting the route from Cromer to Ipswich and showing much of the topography of the time.
This map is taken from the (very long titled) book: Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improv’d; being a correct copy of Mr. Ogilby’s actual survey of all ye direct & principal crossroads in England and Wales: wherein are exactly delineated & engraven, all ye Cities, Towns, Villages, Churches, Seats &c. situated on or near the Roads, with their respective distances in measured and computed miles.
There were a few editions of the book dating from the early 18th century, but it is highly likely that this one was from 1736.
For anyone living in or travelling along the route from Cromer to Ipswich, this is an extremely interesting find.
The map starts on one side of the page at Cromer and travels through Norfolk into Suffolk, all the way down to Ipswich. The route includes: Cromer, Alesham (Aylsham), Masham (Marsham), Norwich, Dunston, Newton (Newton Flotman), Tasburgh (Tasboro), Long Stratton), Pulham, Titshall (Tivetshall St Mary), Dickleboro (Dickleburgh), Scole, Yaxley, The White Horse Inn (Stoke Ash), Thwaite -Nags Head Inn, Little Stonham – Pye Inn, Codenham (Coddenham), Barham, Claydon, and finally into Ipswich. There are also many other towns and villages mentioned.
This is a truly fascinating and detailed map. The map shows all the blacksmiths, inns, common land, churches, stately homes, houses and halls, and waterways. There are tiny diagrams of windmills, forests and woods, churches and other buildings.
The map also shows the roads leading to other towns and villages. The route is numbered with mileage all along the road beginning with 1 at Ipswich and ending with 65 at Cromer.
There are short historical details marked at the edge of the map for Caster (Caistor), Schole (Scole), Debenham, Alesham (Aylsham), North Walsham, Cromer, Norwich, Mendlesham and Ipswich.
The map is taken from the ‘Britannia Depicta’ and forms the pages 195 and 196. The Suffolk page is coloured and the Norfolk page is not coloured. It is in good condition for its age with slight foxing as seen in the photos. The page measures approx. 13.5 cm x 20cm but is not square and varies.
I have included a very fitting brass frame (although modern), which displays the map at its best by having both sides visible. You may choose for yourself which side of the map appears on the front, and the back can be observed without having to touch the map itself.
A fascinating and decorative topographical history of East Anglia.