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Hull Manor House f.13

Hull Manor House f.13

Cartographer: Rogers, John

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1542

Shelfmark: Cotton Augustus I.ii f.13

Length: 784

Width: 773

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript Map

This is a plan a manor house in Hull that was acquired by Henry VIII in 1539. It is thought that John Rogers drew this isometric view of the house and grounds which dates from 1542. Rogers, a master mason employed by the king as a military engineer for work on Hull’s defences, had also to make alterations to the house to adapt it for defence and also as a Royal residence. Here gunports are drawn at the angels of the perimeter wall and a proposed bastion to the front. Such defences became necessary after Francis I of France, and Charles V Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain signed a peace treaty in 1538, giving rise to the possibility that France and Spain may combine forces to invade England. France was England’s historical enemy and Henry VIII’s divorce of Catherine of Aragon, Charles V’s aunt, had offended the militantly catholic King of Spain. Hull was one of many coastal areas which were surveyed and fortified during this period.

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