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A grounde platt for Dovour

A grounde platt for Dovour

Cartographer: [Cavendish, Richard]

Medium: Ink and tempera on parchment

Date: 1541

Shelfmark: Cotton Augustus I.ii

Item number: f.10

Length: 47

Width: 123

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript Map

This is a plan of Dover, dating from around c.1541-44. Pictorial in style, though featuring rhumb lines, buildings and ships are represented in a somewhat crude and schematic manner. There is emphasis on the nature of the seabed in the haven as manuscript notes record ‘softe stone and sande,’ and ‘sandy ground’. The plan shows proposals which include a second harbour entrance through land behind Archclliff. These have been dismissed by scholars as never having been serious.

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