Historic maps

Waltham 1570s

Waltham 1570s

Click on map to expand, and follow side arrows to view other images. This is a slightly later copy of probably the earliest map of Waltham in existence. And judging by the size of the respective churches, Waltham seems to be just as important – if not more so – as Melton. The maker is shown as Christopher Saxton (click on thumbnail bottom right to view). Saxton was born in 1543 and...

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Waltham 1602

Waltham 1602

Click on map to expand, and follow side arrows to view other images. This is the oldest – and in my view the finest – map we have which shows Waltham. The caption in the top left corner credits England’s first great cartographer, Christopher Saxton, and gives the date 1576 (click the small image below right to view the caption). This is when Saxton carried out his great survey...

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Waltham 1610

Waltham 1610

Click on map to expand, and follow side arrows to view other images. This wonderful map of Leicestershire is by John Speed, the most famous of all English map makers. He was born in 1552 and died in 1629. The map is dated 1610 (click to view detail). And includes a wonderfully detailed plan of Leicester town centre (click on the thumbnail on the right to enlarge view). There is also a...

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Waltham 1630s

Waltham 1630s

Click on map to expand, and follow side arrows to view other images. There are no clues to either the date, the cartographer or the publisher of this map. But it’s clearly based on John Speed’s 1610 map of Leicestershire (click here to view). Although the printing and illustrations seem of a higher quality. I’ve guessed a date of 1630, and will happily correct it if anyone can...

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Waltham c.1650

Waltham c.1650

Click on map to expand, and follow side arrows to view other images. There are two wonderful illustrations on the bottom corners of this map, (click thumbnails below right to view). Alongside the left hand illustration are the words ‘Amstelodami Ex. Joannes Jansonius’. There’s some information about Joannes on the Internet. He was born in 1588, died in 1664, and lived in...

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Waltham c1690

Waltham c1690

Click on map to expand, and follow side arrows to view other images. I have very little information on this really attractive, hand-coloured map of Leicestershire. The maker is named as Robert Morden, but there’s no date. Click here to view maker’s details from map. I found one reference to him on the Internet (click to view). It says that he worked as a ‘publisher, book and...

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