Waltham 1570s

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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 died around 1610. I found some information about him on this website. It says he was commissioned to survey the whole of England and Wales in the reign of Elizaberth I. And that this huge undertaking was finally completed in 1577. The following information is copied from the site:

In the early 1600s Campden’s ‘Brittania’ was published with individual county maps. William Hole and William Kip re-engraved Saxton’s maps at a reduced size for this edition and on most of these maps Saxton is given credit in the title. There were three editions: 1607 with Latin text on the reverse; 1610 with no text on the reverse and 1637 with an engraved plate number in the lower left corners of the maps.

There’s no engraved plate number on this map, so without being able to tell what’s on the reverse, this map must have been published in either 1607 or 1610.

We do have a slightly earlier map dated 1602 (click to view), but this is based on Caxton’s map shown here, and corrects a number of mistakes and ommissions.

The oldest map we have - showing Waltham around 1570.

Charted by Christopher Saxton. 1543-1610.

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