This drawing covers the coastal region around Salcombe, from Bantham and Thurlestone on to Stoke Fleming., It is attributed to Royal Military Surveyor and Draughtsman, Richard Searle, who took part in the West Country Survey from 1803 to 1807., He was one of the most competent surveyors to work on the survey, and taught gentlemen cadets the basics of surveying., Despite this,,he was only rated second-class in the Corps., On this map, the heavy-ink colour washes indicating the steepness of the hills make some of the,inland symbols,difficult to interpret.,,Square gridlines in pencil are prominent at the edges of the map, made to facilitate copying., The manuscript paper carries a watermark from the,James Whatman Turkey Mill., Searle, Richard
Draughtsmen used the colour red to indicate stone, so the unbroken red line around Huntingdon Warren in the centre of the,map means that it was enclosed by a stone wall., Field boundaries are also shown, with those in red again representing stone walls., Notably, the draughtsman has drawn pecked red lines on this map, most obviously at Yealm River in the central left area., These may have represented stone circles., Place names are truncated where the margins of the manuscript have been trimmed. Dawson, Robert
Relief is shown on this drawing by dense brushwork interlining ('hachures'), with the summits of inclines left bare. It is partly the concern with accurate representation of relief that sets these drawings apart from the earlier county maps. Individual trees are shown with their shadows falling to the left. Rocky outcrops in Tor Bay are shown and the beach is tinted yellow. Quarter-inch squares, used to facilitate copying or reduction of the map, can be seen in pencil around the coastline. The drawing has been titled in ink and the scale is noted in the bottom left. It is not orientated to the north. Stanley, William
Draughtsmen would sometimes rotate the area they were mapping to fit in to the available paper. Hence, this map is not orientated with north at the top. Earthworks around Ashburton and Ashburton Down, near the bottom of the drawing, are depicted by short, open, circular strokes ('hachures') in black. Around Holne Chase, to the left of the picture, feathered arrows describe the flow of the River Dart beyond two points of confluence. Dawson, Robert
Dartmoor Prison, Devon
Her Majesty's Prison at Dartmoor in Devon was built in 1802 for French captives. It appears at the top left of this drawing, alongside the words 'Prison of War'. The map is not conventionally orientated with north at the top. A turnpike road running from Moretonhampstead to Randlestown, coloured yellow, forms the upper boundary. The mileage from Moretonhampstead is noted along its route. This map follows the military practice of showing stone and brick structures in red or brown, and those built from less permanent materials, such as wood, in black or sepia. Individual stones are drawn in brown ink at the numerous 'tor' (hill) sites in this section of Dartmoor Forest. Hamilton Beacon ('Hameldown Beacon') is a pinprick mark surrounded by a pencil circle on Hamilton Down ('Hamel Down'). This may have been used as an observation or triangulation station. Hewitt, John
This drawing plots the estuaries of the Rivers Erme and Avon on the south Devon coast., The survey date is noted at the bottom right of the manuscript, along with the scale., The draughtsman is unknown, but the elaborate hill-shading and attention to communications routes conform to the military and cartographic standards employed in the overall survey., Square gridlines in pencil are visible at the boundaries of the map, made to facilitate copying.