Old Map of Cambridgeshire, 1611 by John Speed - Cambridge, Peterborough, Wisbech, St Neots
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This old, full colour and wonderful map shows the ancient county of Cambridgeshire as it was in 1611. It was created by John Speed and engraved by Jodocus Hondius, and originally published in Speed's "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine".
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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 perspex in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.