Foresta de Morfe, [Shropshire?]
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
This is a map of the "Forresta de Morfe", Shropshire(?). It is a simple pen and ink drawing whose intention seems to be to record the extent to which the neighbouring villages lie on forest land, presumably so that any further encroachment and claim to forest land can be refuted. It is annotated with "All the villages herein named be comoners in the said forrest". A path through the forest is marked, houses are indicated with a generic symbol and churches are distinguished. Cardinal points are indicated. Maps such as this one of a small locality, drawn to illustrate a particular situation with regards to land boundaries and ownership is an invention of the later 16th century and illustrates how map use was developing to fulfill a practical function, contrasting with the symbolic and religious function of maps in the previous centuries.