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This plan covers part of Staffordshire, with Cannock Chase depicted at top right. Framed by the more formal landscapes of Haywood Park, Oakedge Park and Wolseley Park, this large area of heathland was once a great medieval hunting forest favoured by royalty. Triangles are clearly visible outside the plan, and trigonometrical calculations are noted in a table at bottom right.
UNIVERSI Derbiensis Comitatus Sheet 25
This map ofDerbyshire 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.