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Saxton's Map of Yorkshire, area around Leeds and Wakefield

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Undated. This image is taken from Christopher Saxton's 16th century Map of Yorkshire and shows the area around Leeds and Wakefield. Christopher Saxton lived from around 1542 to 1610/11 and was raised in Dunningley, a small hamlet in Ardsley which is shown on this map. He was to study map making when John Rudd, vicar of Dewsbury gave him an apprenticeship in about 1570. From these beginnings he went on to map the very first national atlas and this great achievement brought him the attention and patronage of Queen Elizabeth I. Saxton has been described as ‘the father of English cartography’. He is thought to be buried at Woodkirk, not far from where he had been brought up. It was not until Ordnance Survey one inch maps were published in 1801 that Saxton's maps of England and Wales were phased out of general use.

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Rohan Wilson

A reproduction of this 1577 map (the whole of Yorkshire) bought by my late parents inspired me to walk the historic boundaries of Yorkshire (very different from the current ones), in stages. I hope to complete the walk with Middlesbrough to Bridlington (where I was born) in mid-July 2009. Are reproductions still available? I imagine a real original would cost a fortune.




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