Cartographer: Agas, Radalph
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
This is copy of an original survey of marsh land in Bawdseye, Suffolk by Radalph Agas dating from 1589. Agas's survey's are among the very earliest maps of this kind. In the early sixteenth century the traditional method of recording property was by a written survey, but by the later quarter of the century there was an increasing tendency to use a map to illustrate land ownership. These surveys were drawn as and when needed as it was still not common practice to hold a map of someone's land for general purposes. Here colour is used to differentiate between the property of various land owners, whose names are recorded. The waterways with their system of locks are detailed.