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Map of Northhamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntigdonshire and Rutland

Map of Northhamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntigdonshire and Rutland

Cartographer: [Rudd, John]

Medium: Ink on parchment

Date: 1570

Shelfmark: Royal MS. 18. D.III

Item number: f.44

Length: 47.9

Width: 60.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript Map

This is a manuscript map of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Rutland, a page from an atlas that belonged to William Cecil Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s Secretary of State. Burghley used this atlas to illustrate domestic matters. It is in a hand pre dating 1570 and may be the work of John Rudd. Rudd was the man to whom Christopher Saxton was an apprentice to in 1570. John Rudd was Vicar of Dewsbury from 1554 to 1570. Rudd had a keen interest in cartography and had been engaged in the 1550’s in making a ‘platt’ of England. In 1561 Rudd was granted leave to travel further to map the country and it is likely that Saxton accompanied him, acquiring his skills for surveying.

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