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Richard Phillips Memorial Lecture, “500 Years of Worcestershire Maps”

7.30 pm

Badsey Community Sports & Social Club/Zoom

David Ella will talk about the oldest county maps of Worcestershire, and how they show Badsey, Aldington, Wickhamford and the other local villages.  Starting with the earliest county map made by Christopher Saxton in 1577, David will take us back further to the Evesham Map of the World drawn at Evesham Abbey in 1390, and other medieval maps.  Looking at Anglo- Saxon Charters will help to explain the reasons for the strange border between the counties of Worcestershire & Gloucestershire.  As we look at other 17th and 18th century maps – including the famous John Speed map of Worcestershire – we will find out how they were surveyed, engraved and printed.  Before and after the talk there will be a chance to see a table-op display of original county maps printed in 1610 through to 1830, and the two local John Ogilby road maps from 1675.

The 1590 Sheldon Tapestry of Worcestershire
The 1610 John Speed Map of Worcestershire
John Speed map 1676 - extract covering Evesham, Pershore & Blockley
The [very inaccurate] 1772 Isaac Taylor Map of Worcestershire