Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (2m+) and I can frame them. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.
This old and wonderful map, handcoloured by rich nobles over 400 years ago, shows the ancient county of Essex 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".
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 37x50 inches (95x125cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised maps or different framing options.
I also have a black and white, uncoloured version of this map: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/873096553/old-map-of-essex-in-1611-by-john-speed
Many of the towns, villages and cities in Essex are already visible in this ancient map, such as Colchester, Chelmsford and Braintree. There's a detailed engraving of Colchester in the bottom right (the capital of the county) and some coats of arms on the left side of the map.
The southwest part of Essex in this map borders London, which means this map also includes some north and east London towns and villages including: Hackney, Newington, Tottenham, Deptford, Greenwich, Barking, Walthamstow and Waltham Forest.
Some of the other Essex towns and villages that can also be seen on this map include: Romford, Brentford, Chigwell, Basildon, Billericay, Clacton and Wivenhoe. But of course, many of them are spelt in their Early Modern English forms.
Curiously, Southend on Sea didn't exist yet! There is the small village of Prittlewell, though, which would later become Southend.
Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your hometown!
This would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for someone from Southend, who is looking for a map of north or east London, or who has Essex 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.
All of my maps are well packaged and sent in a rugged tube if unframed, or surrounded by foam if framed.
I try to send out all maps within 1 or 2 days of receiving your order, though some products (like face masks or mugs) can take longer to make.
If you select the free worldwide shipping option, you can usually expect to receive your map around 10 days after you order. It may be faster or slower, depending on the impact of coronavirus in your country.
If you select Express Delivery at checkout your order will be sent by courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, Parcelforce) and will usually arrive in 2-3 days.
Customers in the US, Australia and Canada: Your map will be sent from a printer or framer in your country, which means you'll get your map sooner, you won't pay import duties, and we'll put less CO2 into the atmosphere. I have worked with some great printers and framers around the world for years - so don't worry, your map will still look amazing!
My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.
I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.
My maps are printed on thick matte (not glossy) paper that feels high quality. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/190gsm. It's perfect for framing.
Please contact me if you're looking for a print on canvas or cotton rag.
Learn more about how the Unique Maps Co. sources and restores old maps