The first printed map of Hampshire
By SAXTON, Christopher, 1579
- Author: SAXTON, Christopher
- Publication place: [London
- Publication date: 1579].
- Physical description: Double-page engraved map, hand-coloured.
- Dimensions: 420 by 515mm. (16.5 by 20.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17622
Saxton grew up in Dunningly, Yorkshire and received his early training in surveying from the town vicar, John Rudd. Educated at Cambridge, Saxton’s abilities caught the attention of Thomas Seckford, Royal Surveyor to the Queen. At this time, state officials were beginning to realize the political and administrative advantage of accurate maps, while public interest in cartography was in the midst of a dramatic surge. Largely in response to these factors, Queen Elizabeth charged Seckford with the task of procuring an atlas of England and Wales. An unprecedented standard of accuracy was achieved and in keeping with the Queen’s intention that the atlas be a symbolic statement of national prominence, all care was taken to ensure that it was also beautifully produced. Each map bears the Royal Arms as a symbol of Queen Elizabeth’s supervision and endorsement.