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Daventry is at lower right in this plan of part of Northamptonshire, situated near large canal-feeder reservoirs. Turnpike roads are highlighted in buff throughout the area. The money raised by such toll roads, established during the coaching era of the 18th century, raised money that contributed significantly to the development of the transport infrastructure of the county. Transport links in this area were further developed by the opening of the Oxford, Warwick and Grand Junction canals (highlighted in blue), which allowed new settlements and trades to flourish.
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This plan covers part of East Warwickshire showing the Warwick and Oxford Canals at the top the sheet. Nearby is the intersection of two Roman roads: the Fosse Way and Watling Street. Coombe Abbey, depicted in the lower part of the sheet, had been one of the the most powerful and wealthy monasteries in Warwickshire. Following Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, Sir John Harrington bought the abbey and built a new house on the property, incorporating much of the stonework from the disbanded monastery. The Craven family, who owned the property for the 300 years after Harrington's death, constructed the formal gardens, moat and lake depicted on the plan.
Map of Northhamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntigdonshire and Rutland
This is a manuscript map of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Rutland, a page from an atlas that belonged to William Cecil Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s Secretary of State. Burghley used this atlas to illustrate domestic matters.It is in a hand pre dating 1570 and may be the work of John Rudd. Rudd was the man to whom Christopher Saxton was an apprentice to in 1570. John Rudd was Vicar of Dewsbury from 1554 to 1570. Rudd had a keen interest in cartography and had been engaged in the 1550’s in making a platt’ of England. In 1561 Rudd was granted leave to travel further to map the country and it is likely that Saxton accompanied him, acquiring his skills for surveying.