A MAP OF DEPTFORD, 1623. From an Original Pen and Ink Sketch with additional remarks by JOHN EVELYN, ESQ.R
Writer: Evelyn, John
Engraving of the map of Deptford of 1623 with the addition made by John Evelyn, including (near the lower edge of the map) the only known original drawing of the manor house at Sayes Court. Writing in 1703, Evelyn notes the great increase in the population of Deptford since the map was made, commenting that, "…the Town is in 80 yeares become neere as big as Bristoll". At this time the 3 largest cities in the country were London, Norwich and Bristol, so this statement demonstrates how rapidly Evelyn perceived the town to have grown in his lifetime.