A coloured chart of "The coste of England uppon Severne," being the whole north coast of Somersetshire; with the forts erected thereon; temp. Henry VIII ca. 1540
This is a pictorial representation of the north coast of Somerset. It shows the coast from the mouth of the River Avon near East Bristol to west Porlock and can be dated to 1539. At the top of the drawing round towers represent proposed blockhouses in the neighbourhoods of Porlock and Western-super-Mare on the north coast of Somerset. The intention to mount guns on platforms at Minehead and to the north of the Parrat is also represented in this drawing. Inlets are indicated and towns are shown schematically, an emphasis on the nature of the coast is evident as the draughtsman has recorded outcrops of rocks. The existence of this drawing and the proposals it contains can be imputed the threat of invasion which became probable in 1538 after a peace treaty was signed by Francis I of France and Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor King of Spain. England and France were ancient enemy’s and the Catholic Charles V, nephew of Catherine of Aragon, was angered by Henry VII’s decision to divorce her. In the event, the works proposed here were not carried out. The paper upon which this map is drawn bears a watermark of a double headed eagle bearing a shield.
1 : 31680 This drawings depicts the winding course of the River Usk as it flows by the Roman town of Caerleon into the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel. Not far from the river mouth lies Newport. The Usk is not navigable except at this point, but the Monmouthshire and Brecon and Abergavenny canals, in part following the valley, carry a small trade up to Brecon. Cardiff, depicted at bottom left, was a town of only 6,000 inhabitants when this plan was produced. Budgen, Charles
This drawing covers the Mendip Hills, from Wrington to Wells. Pencil rays extend from the left of the map towards Red Hill, on the right, and Mark and Tillham, on the bottom right. The draughtsman used these lines to measure relative distance and to plot locations by triangulation. Masberry Castle is shown in the bottom right, on top of a hill whose steepness is indicated by soft brushwork interlining ('hachuring'). The castle path joins the main turnpike road, whose length is annotated at intervals of one mile. Many field boundaries are marked in red, denoting stone walls rather than corrections in this case.
Lydiard St. Laurence
1 : 21120 This drawing covers part of Somerset. The narrow ridge of the Quantock Hills, depicted on the left by brushwork interlining, runs north west from Taunton Deane Vale for 19km to the Bristol Channel coast. At the top of the sheet, white rocks are indicated along the coastline of Bridgewater Bay. Woodland, heathland, formal parkland and arable land are distinguished by symbols.