Map Man

February 2015

Series 2: 8. Thomas Raven's Clandeboye Estate Maps

Expired 3.0 14 x
In the 1600s, the north of Ireland attracted Protestant colonists from England and Scotland, including James Hamilton, the 1st Viscount Clandeboye and Sir Hugh Montgomery. After a dispute over their land borders, Thomas Raven was commissioned by Hamilton to map his estates. Crane tries to make sense of these complicated ma...

Series 2: 7. Mrs P's A-Z

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Nicholas Crane travels across eight maps that changed the face of Britain. After getting lost in London using a map that hadn't been updated since 1918, Phyllis Pearsall decided to map the whole of London herself. She claimed to have set out at 5.00am each day and worked 18 hours a day, walking all 23,000 of London's stree...

Series 2: 6. William Mudge's Ordnance Survey

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The first edition of the Ordnance Survey was the product of the most complete mapping study of Britain since the Tudors. For the first time, there were maps linking county to county, based on a scale of one inch to the mile. The end of the 18th century was a bad time for Britain. The American colonies had just been lost. N...

Series 2: 5. John Cary's Inland Navigation

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Nicholas Crane travels across eight maps that changed the face of Britain.

Series 2: 4. John Speed's Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine

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Nicholas Crane travels across Britain using historical maps that changed the face of Britain.

Series 2: 3. Mackenzie's Chart of the Orkneys (1748)

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In the 1740s, at the time of the Jacobite rising, young Orkney schoolmaster Murdoch Mackenzie decided that the treacherous waters around Orkney should be properly mapped. Hundreds of ships had been lost in the Northern Passage, the stretch of water between the north coast of mainland Scotland and Orkney, and it was no long...

Series 2: 2. Timothy Pont's Map of Scotland

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Can Nick find a missing mountain pass where the last wolves in Scotland roamed? Timothy Pont graduated from St Andrew's in 1583 and set off to survey Scotland. It was a major undertaking at a time when wolves still roamed the Highlands and it was difficult and dangerous to travel in rival clan territory. Over 18 years he m...

Series 2: 1. Bartholomew's Cycling Map of England and Wales

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When cycling took off in Britain in a big way in the 1880s, everybody wanted to get on a bicycle and head for the country. And for all these keen bicyclers, Bartholomew made the very first cycling maps. With the best cycling routes and information for the Victorian cyclist, these maps were highly popular and distinctive. I...
June 2013

8. Thomas Raven's Clandeboye Estate Maps

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Nicholas Crane tries to make sense of Thomas Raven's 1625 maps of Northern Ireland.
May 2013

7. Mrs P's A-Z

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Nicholas Crane follows the trail of Mrs Phyllis Pearsall, who created the London A-Z.
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