SURVEYS AND PERAMBULATION, WITH PLANS, BY JOHN NORDEN, of the manors of Mincingbury, Abbotsbury and Hoares, in Barley, co. Hertf. made for Sir John Spencer, Lord of the Manors; 1603. f. 27
This plan is from a book containing a survey of the manors of Mincingbury, Abbotsbury and Hoares, in Barley, Hertfordshire. The survey consists of a written survey and ten plans by John Norden, of which this is one. On folio 46 of the survey it is stated that the survey took place in September and October 1603. The plans are the result of a survey conducted on foot. The observance of field boundaries is the primary interest, the names of land owners are recorded in each case. The survey was conducted for Sir John Spencer, Lord of the Manors at this date. John Norden is best known for his work 'Speculum Britainiae', literally a 'Mirror of Britain', which in its attempt to include the road names and town plans, lacking on many county maps of the period, was a direct ancestor of the modern A-Z. As well as producing several county maps in the 1590’s, Norden worked as a land surveyor producing surveys for landowners such as Spencer. This survey exemplifies the principles laid down by Norden in the third book of his Surveyor's Dialogue. This plan, one of ten in the survey, is linked to its neighbours by marginal letters and figures. There is no indication of scale, which, however, appears to be about 18-19 in. to the mile. The maps are oriented with north-east at the top.