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The State of Dover Haven with the new workes 1595

The State of Dover Haven with the new workes 1595

Cartographer: Digges, Thomas

Date: 1595

Shelfmark: Cotton Augustus I.i

Item number: f.46

Genre: Map

This is a plan of Dover Harbour. It shows the harbour after construction work had begun. Dover harbour was at constant risk from the build up of silt build and flooding and by the reign of Elizabeth I was in a state of decay. Elizabeth I was keen to improve this state of affairs and various schemes were submitted and rejected before the proposals of Thomas Digges were carried out. Digges was a mathematician and Member of Parliament and his scheme was put forward in 1584 with many of his suggestions being carried out in the years leading up to 1592. Before proposing a scheme Digges made a plan of the channels of the area enabling him to best suggest a remedy to the problems. This plan dates from the year of Digges death 1595 most of his proposals had materialized, including the building of a wall, the Great Pent which stretched out into the northern end of the bay. A guide to the new works is provided by a numerical key which distinguishes between the new and previously existing works. The arms are those of Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s Secretary of State.

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