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Rye (Sussex)

Rye (Sussex)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1799

Shelfmark: OSD 104 (PT1)

Item number: 6

Length: 34

Width: 31

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: 3' : 1 Mile ( 1: 21120) - 3' : 1 Mile (1: 21120)

This plan of the Sussex coast from Fairlight to Rye Bay is made up of two separate sheets of paper joined together, with detail extending over the joins. It was drawn on rectangular sheet lines and is enclosed by a black border. Fields are coloured brown where cultivated, and green or black where untilled. Stone structures are coloured red, something particularly noticeable in the depiction of buildings in the major settlements of Winchelsea and Rye.

Produced against the background of the Napoleonic Wars, the drawings exhibit the concern with defence, particularly along the vulnerable south coast. A military battery is documented at Pier Head below Rye. This drawing was produced before the digging of the Royal Military Canal was approved by the government.

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