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This old, full colour and exceedingly rare map shows the ancient county of Lancashire 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".
The natural size for this map is 18x24 inches (45x60cm) but it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 37x50 inches (100x125cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
Many of the towns, villages and cities in Lancashire are already visible in this map. In the top right corner is a detailed engraving of Lancaster, then (and still) the capital of this ancient county.
Most of Lancashire's most populous towns and cities have already popped into existence by the 1600s - with the notable exception of Blackpool, which was just a hamlet back then. It wouldn't become a major town until the 1800s and the invention of the railway.
The other odd thing to note is that both Manchester and Liverpool (then called Lerpoole) are both on this map as well. Back then they were part of the larger Lancashire Palatine area.
Some of the towns, villages and places clearly visible in this old map of the county of Lancashire include: Blackburn, Preston, Burnley, Lytham St Anne's, Leyland, Chorley, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Salford, Ormskirk and many more. 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! Feel free to message me if you want to confirm if a certain Lancashire town or village is on this map.
Around the edges of the map there portraits of various monarchs of the time - a few of the Henrys, Elizabeth I, Richard III, Edward V and Edward IIII.
This would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for someone from Lancashire, Lancaster, Manchester, Liverpool or who has Lancashire 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