Lord Burghley's Map of Lancashire Revisited, c.1576-1590.

Winstanley, M. J. and Shannon, W. (2007) Lord Burghley's Map of Lancashire Revisited, c.1576-1590. Imago Mundi, 59 (1). pp. 24-42. ISSN 0308-5694

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The manuscript paper map of Lancashire in Lord Burghley's Atlas is generally dated to c.1590 and is widely regarded as having been produced in the aftermath of the Armada. It is also assumed to have been concerned primarily with national security, especially with regard to the continued Catholicism of the Lancashire gentry. The map is now argued to be a copy of a vellum original constructed probably in Lancashire c.1576-1577. It was subsequently amended by Lord Burghley, and a paper copy was commissioned and kept by him. The evidence for attributing this copy to 1577-1579 is considered. Burghley made numerous corrections and annotations to the paper map, which may date from any time before his death in 1598, and which are by no means restricted to crosses allegedly noting recusants. The cartographical significance of the original vellum map lies in its being a uniquely detailed pre-Saxton exposition of the gentry, administration, religious provision and architecture of a county. The use of astronomical signs on a map to denote market days is unusual.

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Imago Mundi
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The initiative for this arose out of complementary interests in Elizabethan Lancashire and a discussion of this particular source. Winstanley was responsible for researching and writing the sections dealing with individuals and the social and political context; Shannon was responsible for assessing the cartographic elements of the article. Responsibilities for research and writing were shared. Paper given to Maps and Society seminar, London March 2007 (after publication). RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : History
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