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Eridge Park

Eridge Park

Draughtsman: [Budgen, Thomas]

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: OSD 93 (PT2)

Item number: 2

Genre: Map

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

This plan of the hilly Weald of Sussex runs from Maresfield and Rotherfield on the left of the map, past East Hoathly at the central bottom, to Wadhurst and Dallington on the right. The village of Frant, home of the Ordnance Survey draughtsman, Charles Budgen, appears at the top of the plan.

The location of wooded areas was of great importance in planning a military campaign. Woods could either hinder progress or provide cover for the movement of a regiment. Hence the painstaking detail with which woodland is drawn. Single trees, and those in small orchards or lining avenues, are drawn with a thin trunk and shadow. More densely forested areas are represented by treetops alone.

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