Draughtsman: Dawson, Robert
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
This plan covers East Shropshire and Staffordshire. Across the plan, highlighted in yellow, is the toll road to Shrewsbury, built on a Roman road, the Watling Street. Along the road is Weston House and Park. Originally part of a medieval deer forest, the park was landscaped in the 18th century by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown - so-called because he was in the habit of telling prospective clients that their gardens had "great capabilities." With his followers, Brown dominated parkland design in the 18th century, creating the modern English parkland view with extensive sweeps of grass, groups of trees, lakes and planned vistas. At lower left is the Wrekin, a hill standing 1,334 ft hill above the Severn plain. It is formed by some of the oldest rocks in Britain: lava, ashes and debris thrown up from a volcanic cleft 900m years ago.