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Location - Leeds & District

Christopher Saxton's Map of Yorkshire, close up of a corner decoration (Unknown)
Colour imageUndated. Image shows a corner decoration embellishing Christopher Saxton's map of Yorkshire which he made in 1577. The map shows part of the Yorkshire Coastline and North York Moors. Christopher Saxton was brought up at Dunningley in West Ardsley. He was educated at Cambridge University and then served as an apprentice map-maker to John Rudd, the vicar of Dewsbury, around 1570. Saxton is famous for making the first national atlas and his great achievement was noted by Queen Elizabeth I. She gave him the rights to publish his maps in his own name in 1577 to avoid plagiarism. Indeed, the Royal Coat-of-Arms of Elizabeth I is visible in the image along with other embellishments including fish, birds and ships. Christopher Saxton has since been described as ‘the father of English cartography’.
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Coat-of-Arms granted to mapmaker Christopher Saxon of Dunningley (West Ardsley)
Black & White imageUndated. Image depicts the Coat-of-Arms granted to mapmaker, Christopher Saxton of Dunningley. The text reads as follows: ' The Armorial Bearings of Christopher Saxton of Dunningley in the County of York, Gentleman. Granted William Flower, Norroy, 1st July 1519 as recorded at the College of Arms. Arthur Cochrane.' Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Saxton's Map of Yorkshire, area around Leeds and Wakefield (West Ardsley) (1 comment)
Colour imageUndated. 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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