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Steyning

Steyning

Draughtsman: Budgen, Thomas

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1806

Shelfmark: OSD 92

Item number: 2

Length: 686

Width: 787

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

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

This plan presents a seciton of the South Downs coastline from Littlehampton at the bottom left to Old Shoreham at bottom right. The meandering River Arun forms the left-hand boundary. Produced against the background of the Napoleonic Wars, the drawing shows the vulnerable south coast heavily defended against invasion. Barracks are noted at Littlehampton, near Arundel Bridge and Steyning. The draughtsman has recorded the iron-age hill fort at Cissbury Ring and the foundations of a Roman-British temple at Chanctonbury Ring, even though the documentation of archaeological details did not become obligatory until 1816.

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