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1675 antique map showing the roads from Chelmsford to Saffron Walden and Bury,
an original map with hand-colour published c1675 by John Ogilby.
Showing the road from Chelmsford to Saffron Walden. In Hogarth style frame.
John Ogilby (1600-1676) published the first ever road atlas of England & Wales called Britannia. The 100 maps contained within were also the first to work by the principle of one inch to the mile and to use the Statute mile of 1760 yards. Each road map depicts a route in the form of 6 or 7 vertical strips with a compass rose showing orientation; additionally, miles, furlongs, towns, churches, windmills, rivers, hills and even gallows are depicted. In total, about 7500 miles were surveyed for the production of the atlas.