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This part of Warwickshire is dominated by enclosed land, characterised by regular hedgerows and fish ponds for watering stock. A section of the Oxford Canal, between Napton and Croperdy, is depicted in blue along the right side of the sheet. Completed in 1790, the canal was used to ferry coal from the north to Oxford. At top left, forming the boundary of the surveyed area, is the Fosse Way. This Roman road ran from Exeter to Lincoln via Bath, Cirencester and Leicester (where it intersected the Watling Street from London). At lower right, the county border between Warwickshire and Northamptonshire is indicated by a red dotted line.
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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.
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.