Old Map of Cambridgeshire, 1611 by John Speed - Cambridge, Peterborough, Wisbech
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The natural size for this map is either 16x20 (40x50cm) or 18x24 inches (45x60cm) but it looks good at 12x16 inches (30x40cm) and looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 52x70 inches (130x180cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised maps or different framing options.
I also have a handcoloured version of this map, which is identical but was handcoloured 400 years ago and is rather beautiful:
Many of the towns, villages and cities in Cambridgeshire are already visible in this ancient map. But obviously, the university city of Cambridge takes centre stage, with a beautifully detailed engraving in the top left corner of the map.
The zoomed-in map of Cambridge shows some of the university colleges that already existed in 1611, such as Trinity College, Kings College, Corpus Christi, Magdalene, Queens, Clare Hall, Christ's College and Peterhouse (then called St Peters House). The coats of arms for 15 colleges adorn the left and right side of the map. Really, it's all rather beautiful.
Some of the towns, villages and places clearly visible in this old map of Cambridgeshire include: Peterborough, Ely, Wisbech, Huntingdon, March, St Ives, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Yaxley, Cheveley, St Neots, Papworth Everard, Duxford, Newmarket and Haverhill. But of course, many of them are spelt in their Early Modern English forms.
Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your hometown!
This would make a wonderful gift for someone from Cambridge, who went to Cambridge university, or who has Cambridgeshire in their heart.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.