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Near Chesthunt

Near Chesthunt

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 72.2.b

Length: 15.7

Width: 20.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of a barn at Cheshunt in south east Hertfordshire. The town is situated on both sides of the important Roman Road known as the Great North Road or Ermine street. This was the main route from London to the north and so Cheshunt an important settlement in the 1st century. This is reflected in the name of the town itself- Cheshunt appears in the Domesday book as ‘Cestrehunt’, which means fortified place. The Domesday Book states that Cheshunt was part of the estates of Alan, Earl of Brittany. The river Lea also flows through the town and can be seen in the foreground of this print.

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