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Chelmsford 8

Chelmsford 8

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1799

Shelfmark: OSD 139 pt.2

Item number: 8

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: 2'' : 1 Mile ( 1: 31680)

Lines in pencil and red ink radiate from trigonometrical stations within the drawing and from the margins. Chelmsford is the largest settlement in the area. A straight, unmarked Roman road leads out from the city. The fact that the road is coloured yellow suggests it was still considered a major communication route. Three mills are marked on the River Chelmer. Marshland along the riverbanks is indicated by rows of dashes, differentiating it from the surrounding cultivated land. A lake and individual trees in the grounds of Moulsham Hall are recorded, towards the bottom of the landmass, a reminder of the meticulous nature of the Survey.

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