Saxton’s Proof Map of Wales

Reference: MAP 01003

Christopher Saxton (1542?–1610/11) was a professional surveyor and this map, compiled in 1580, appears to be an attempt to create a map of Wales. Though the map was never published, much of the information appears in Saxton’s wall map of England and Wales (1597). The combination of printed plates and manuscript information make this map unique. It gives a relatively accurate depiction of the coastline and the first precise representation of features such as Anglesey, St Bride’s Bay and the Lleyn and Gower Peninsulas, making it an invaluable historical and geographical source. This map was purchased by the National Library in 1986 with external funding from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Friends of NLW.

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