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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.
VIGORNIENSIS Comitatus Sheet 21
This map of Worcestershire is from the 1583 edition of the Saxton atlas of England and Wales.This atlas was first published as a whole in 1579. It consists of 35 coloured maps depicting the counties of England and Wales. The atlas is of great significance to British cartography as it set a standard of cartographic representation in Britain and the maps remained the basis for English county mapping, with few exceptions, until after 1750. During the reign of Elizabeth I map use became more common, with many government matters referring to increasingly accurate maps with consistent scales and symbols, made possible by advances in surveying techniques. Illustrating the increasing used of maps in government matters, Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s Secretary of State, who had been determined to have England and Wales mapped in detail from the 1550s, selected the cartographer Christopher Saxton to produce a detailed and consistent survey of the country. The financier of the project was Thomas Seckford Master of Requests at the Court of Elizabeth I, whose arms appear, along with the royal crest, on each map.