Greenwood’s large-scale map of Essex
By GREENWOOD, Christopher, 1823
Map of the County of Essex from an actual Survey made in the Year 1824, By C. & I. Greenwood, most respectfully Dedicated to the Nobility, Clergy and Gentry of the County by the Proprietors Greenwood, Pringle & Co.
- Author: GREENWOOD, Christopher
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Published by Greenwood, Pringle & Co.
- Publication date: June 1st, 1823.
- Physical description: Large engraved map on four sheets, dissected and mounted on linen, in two sections, original full wash hand colour, edged in green silk, housed in original tree calf pull-off slipcase, red morocco label to spine, lettered in gilt, rubbed.
- Dimensions: 1340 by 1550mm. (52.75 by 61 inches).
- Inventory reference: 14632
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, farmhaouses and gentlemen’s seats, heaths and common land, woods, parliamentary representatives and distances between towns. The price of 3 guineas each compares with the the first edition Ordnance Survey sheets of 7s 6d, though the latter did not relate to complete counties.