Seventeenth Century Route Maps, by John Ogilby

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Description:First published in 'Brittania' in 1675, Ogilby's maps set a new pattern for route maps. They were innovative and sophisticated in design and were accurately surveyed. Using a statute mile of 1,760 yards, Ogilby set the 1 inch to 1 mile standard.

The segments shown here depict the stretches of the London to Holyhead road that pass through Staffordshire. The first segment depicts the stretch of road between Towcester, Northants, and Lichfield. The second segment depicts the stretch between Lichfield and Chester, and features Lichfield, Rugeley, Great Haywood and Stone.

The Southernmost point of each map is in the bottom left hand corner and the Northernmost point is in the top right hand corner. The top of each strip joins up with the bottom of the strip to its right. Each strip features prominent landmarks along the route with accurate distance measurements between them.


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