Staffordshire Old County Map by John SpeedMap Description John Speeds County Map of Staffordshire 1611
Staffordshire Old County Map by John Speed
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John Speed's county map of Staffordshire 1611 shows the county criss-crossed by the many tributaries of the River Trent. There were many estates and deer parks in the county and apart from the moorland area in the North there were also large tracts of woodland. There are bird’s eye views of Stafford and Lichfield in the top corners, each having its own legend. An illustration and description of a great battle at Blore Heath in 1495 is also shown to the left of the map. Other interesting details such as the “Three Shires Stones” in the north of the county complement the artistic strapwork.
John Speed, a tailor's son from Cheshire is, perhaps, the most famous of British cartographers and one of the earliest. Whilst in his 50's, aided by his patron, Sir Fulke Greville, he produced "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain", a book of county maps to accompany a history of Great Britain.All of the John Speed maps in the mapseeker collection have been painstakingly reproduced working directly from antique originals and hand painted to bring out the finest colour detail before scanning. Available in all product sizes they look most handsome framed and displayed