Bowen County 1720

The county map from the Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improved (John Ogliby had been published the first British road atlas in 1675) published by Thomas Bowles in 1720 measuring 11.5 x 11.5 cms (4.5 x 4.5 ins). At the top of the page is a decorative cartouche containing details of the road from Bristol to Weymouth with distances in computed and measured miles (57 and 74.4 respectively – google has the distance today as 69.5 miles). Includes the coat of arms of the Earl of Dorset, at that time Lionel Cranfield Sackville KG PC (1688 – 1765) an English political leader and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Also shown are the hundreds.

Beneath the map is a statistical summary of the county covering size, towns, industry and commerce: “a pleasant county the air healthy and generally very good”.

Source: David Beaton, Dorset Maps, 2001, The Dovecote Press

Technical Notes

A single digital photograph of an original.

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