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Carrickfergus, Country Antrim, Ulster

Carrickfergus, Country Antrim, Ulster

Cartographer: Unknown

Medium: Ink and tempera on parchment

Date: 1560

Shelfmark: Cotton Augustus I.ii

Item number: f.42

Length: 65.4

Width: 53.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript Map

This is a bird’ eye view of the town of Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and was drawn in around 1560. It has been suggested than the plan may have been prepared to accompany a request for money from the constable of the time, William Peers, who required it for refurbishing defences. It shows the town from the water, the standpoint of a possible invader. The pictorial detail seen here was not seen as at odds with the practical nature of such plans in the Tudor period. The plan is interesting as it has several different sorts building; church, friary castle, houses and also beehive huts illustrating the diversity of the population of the town.

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