Much of the information in this Cotton Manuscripts plan had already appeared in one made three years earlier (and now in Hatfield House), which Adams had prepared for Sir Francis Walsingham, the Queen’s Secretary of State. There are considerable differences, however: this plan seems to incorporate additional material gathered in the spring of 1588, possibly not by Adams himself. Although most of the smaller buildings are stylised, some show typical Dutch stepped gables. The larger buildings such as the still-surviving Jacobs Kerk and the Prince of Orange’s palace, with its formal gardens, are exquisitely depicted. Within weeks of completing this plan, Adams was charting the course of the Spanish Armada.
- Article by:
- James Elliot
- Town and city
James Elliot traces the development of British town and country plans from the earliest examples in the Library’s manuscript, map and topographical collections to those produced towards the end of the 17th century.