The Walkers and their 16th Century Maps of Essex Simon Rees
The Walkers and their 16th Century Maps of Essex
Wednesday 21 June 2017
The Walkers and their maps of Essex. John Walker of Hanningfield, and his son, also called John, drew maps of various Essex towns and villages, at the behest of local landowners, which depicted the county in astonishing detail. It is possible to tell from their maps the exact shape and style of each house (brick, plaster, thatch, tile) and the boundaries and names of the fields. These can be tied in with local records so that it is possible to put a name to each occupant for each of the properties shown. I have used these maps as the basic research material for an historical novel (Blomefylde and the Necromancer, published on Amazon Kindle), and for other research work. I will tie in the images of the old maps with the surviving buildings, and show other views of Essex from similar perspectives to those portrayed in the maps.
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