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This drawing covers part of the Nene Valley as the river meanders through farmland and the industries of Northamptonshire. Mills are depicted throughout the area, especially along the river's course. The staples of Northamptonshire's industry at the beginning of the 19th century were wool, lace, silk and shoemaking. With no indigenous coal supply, local industrialists relied principally upon natural resources for industrial processing, particularly wind and water.
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.