Draughtsman: Dawson, Robert
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
This map covers part of Worcestershire. The right-hand boundary of the plan is formed by a Roman road, Ikenild Street. Another such road, the Salt Way, is drawn across the middle of the sheet. In Roman times, this road connected the salt mines at Droitwich, near the top right, with Alcester, at the bottom.
Outside Alcester is Ragley Hall, designed in 1680 by Robert Hooke (1635-1703), the eminent natural philosopher and Surveyor of the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. The landscaped gardens were added in the 18th century by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-1783) - so called because he often told prospective clients that their gardens had "great capabilities". Brown and his followers revolutionised parkland design, virtually inventing the English parkland as we know it today, with carefully planned vistas of grassland, trees and lakes.