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Launceston, Cornwall 1

Launceston, Cornwall 1

Draughtsman: Hewitt, John

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1808

Shelfmark: OSD 15

Item number: 1

Length: 30

Width: 21

Genre: Map

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

Once the capital of Cornwall, Launceston is represented here by red blocks, each indicating a stone building. The castle dates from Norman times and was one of the greatest strongholds of the Earls of Cornwall, controlling the main entry route into the county. The road leading to Trevadlack Cross is physically marked on the map by a series of pin-holes. This means the draughtsman used measuring dividers to plot the exact course of the road. Recording archaeological sites did not become obligatory until 1816, but many draughtsmen included them before then out of personal interest. Here, a set of concentric circles at the top of the map represents such a site, called 'Giant's Grave'.

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