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Huntingdon

Huntingdon

Draughtsman: [Hyett, William]

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1808

Shelfmark: OSD 234 PT. 1

Item number: 3

Length: 31

Width: 30

Genre: Map

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

This plan is dominated by fenland crossed by drains, which are indicated by single blue lines. The drainage system was installed in the 17th century by Dutch engineer, Cornelius Vermuyden. The first years of the scheme were dogged by riots and civil disobedience, much of the population viewing the scheme as an encroachment upon the commonland where they grazed cattle.

The Crown and Woolpack, at the top left, is one of many inns along the toll road to Peterborough, which forms the western boundary of this map. Outside the county town of Huntingdon is Hitchinbrooke House, dating back to AD600.

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