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Treasures from Worcestershire’s Past: ~6~ A map by John Ogilby

  • 3rd January 2014

Maps and plans are a great source for a study of a local area, house history and how people lived in the past. Worcestershire Archive Service hold Ordanace Survey maps, Tithe and Enclosure plans, Estate Maps, Public Health Maps which can all be used for comparing the lives of rich and poor, landowners and tenants.

A sample of a John Ogilby map, 1675

John Ogilby (1600-1676) produced one inch to the mile road maps on scrolled parchment. Each map consisted of vertical strips with a compass showing the orientation. He also depicted churches, hills, gallows and rivers and numerous other features, which make these such fascinating documents.

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