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This drawing covers part of the Thames Valley in the counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The plan is oriented to the east, with a compass depicted at middle right. Symbols distinguish woodland, heathland, arable enclosed land and formal parkland. Brushstroke interlining indicates relief and hills. The River Thames is depicted in the lower part of the sheet, meandering through Oxfordshire between Oxford and Wallingford.
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William Stanley was listed as a first class Military surveyor and draughtsman at the Drawing Room of the Tower of London. In 1821, he was asked to revise this plan by the Ordnance Survey's Superintendent, William Mudge. Stanley wrote to explain that he had "a great deal of trouble" in finding his field books and sketches "in consequence of its being so long since it was done, about 10 years." The dirty and torn condition of the drawing most likely results from constant travelling between the Tower and the surveyors in the field for amendments and corrections. Inns named include "Tumble Down Dick", "Rose and Crown", and "Kingstones Inn". Tollgates are also noted.