Bedfordshire — Greenwood’s large-scale map of Bedforshire

By GREENWOOD, Christopher, 1825 

Map Of the County of Bedford. From an Actual Survey made in the Year 1825

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: GREENWOOD, Christopher
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Christopher and John Greenwood
  • Publication date: 1825.
  • Physical description: Engraved map in fine original full-wash colour, dissected and mounted on linen, housed in green morocco slipcase.
  • Dimensions: 1050 by 890mm. (41.25 by 35 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 6725

Notes

The maps by Christopher and John Greenwood set new standards for large-scale surveys. Although they were unsuccessful in their stated aim to map all the counties of England and Wales it is probably no coincidence that of the ones they missed, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Oxfordshire, all except Cambridgeshire were mapped by Andrew Bryant in a similar style and at the same period. From a technical point of view the Greenwoods’ productions exceeded the high standards set in the previous century though without the decoration and charming title-pieces that typified large scale maps of that period.

The Greenwoods started in 1817 with Lancashire and Yorkshire, and by 1831 they had covered 34 counties. Their maps were masterpieces of surveying and engraving techniques, and in view of the speed at which they were completed, their accuracy is remarkable. The maps mark the boundaries of the counties, hundreds and parishes. They show churches and chapels, castles and quarries, farmhouses and gentlemen’s seats, heaths and common land, woods, parliamentary representatives and distances between towns.