Greenwood’s large scale map of Dorset

By GREENWOOD, Christopher, 1826 

Map of the County of Dorset from an Actual Survey made in the Years 1825 & 1826. By C. & J. Greenwood. Most respectfully Dedicated to the Nobility, Clergy & Gentry of the County.

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  • Author: GREENWOOD, Christopher
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: By The Proprietors Greenwood, Pringle & Co., Regent Street, Pall Mall
  • Publication date: Sept., 11th, 1826.
  • Physical description: Large engraved map on four sheets, fine original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, edged in green silk, view of Melcombe Regis near Weymouth, housed within, contemporary marbled calf solander box, morocco label to spine, slightly rubbed.
  • Dimensions: 1170 by 1580mm. (46 by 62.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2145

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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. They mark the boundaries of the counties, hundreds and parishes, churches and chapels, castles and quarries, farmhouses and gentlemen’s seats, heaths and common land, woods, parliamentary representatives and distances between towns. The price of 3 guineas each compares with the first edition Ordnance Survey sheets of 7s 6d, though the latter did not relate to complete counties.