Greenwood’s large-scale map of Middlesex

By GREENWOOD, Christopher, 1819 

Map of the County of Middlesex from an Actual Survey made in The Years 1818 & 1819. By C. Greenwood. To the Nobility, Clergy & Gentry of Middlesex. This Map of the County Is most respectfully Dedicated by The Proprietors.

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  • Author: GREENWOOD, Christopher
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published by the Proprietors G. Pringle and C. Greenwood, No. 50, Leicester Square
  • Publication date: Oct. 25, 1819.
  • Physical description: Large scale engraved map, fine original full-wash colour, on four sheets, dissected and mounted on linen, edged in green silk, housed within original full calf pull-off slipcase, rubbed.
  • Dimensions: 1400 by 1120mm. (55 by 44 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1874

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. 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.

Scale: 2 inches to 1 statute mile.