This plan of the Sussex coast from Fairlight to Rye Bay is made up of two separate sheets of paper joined together, with detail extending over the joins. It was drawn on rectangular sheet lines and is enclosed by a black border. Fields are coloured brown where cultivated, and green or black where untilled. Stone structures are coloured red, something particularly noticeable in the depiction of buildings in the major settlements of Winchelsea and Rye. Produced against the background of the Napoleonic Wars, the drawings exhibit the concern with defence, particularly along the vulnerable south coast. A military battery is documented at Pier Head below Rye. This drawing was produced before the digging of the Royal Military Canal was approved by the government.
Fairlight (East Sussex)
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This outline plan in black and white ink follows the East Sussex coastline from Fairlight, at the bottom, to Beckley and Northiam, at the top. Such drawings represent the halfway point between the original protraction and the 'fair copy', and give no indication of relative relief. Triangles ruled in red ink cover the map, revealing the angular measurements taken to plot the location of individual topographical features.
A Chart of Rye Harbour, the Island of Oxney, and the Adjacent Country
This is a map of Rye Harbour and the Isle of Oxney, dating from around 1600. Positioned on the estuary of the River Rother, Rye affords a clear view of the Romney Marches, making it a valuable post for coastal defence. Places are represented by elevation views of buildings. The concern with coastal defence at this date was due to England’s continuing war with Spain. Although the Spanish Armada was defeated in 1588 Philip II attempted further invasions during the 1590’s. A scale bar showing ‘myles and furlonges’ is included. The practical use of this map is hinted at by the differentiation in the presentation of domestic townscape views, shown in pictorial elevation, and the plan form that represents Camber Castle, a defensive military structure. A scale bar showing ‘myles and furlonges’ is included.