The study of maps can give a fascinating insight into land use, the development and sometimes decline of settlements, trade and demography, transport links and industry, and even changes of place names. They are also works of art in their own right, reflecting the artistry and the craftsmanship of the engravers and printers of their age. At Surrey History Centre there are a large collection of both printed and manuscript maps. These range from early 17th century maps to modern town guides.

Map of Surrey, c.1603  Surrey History Centre ref. M/150

Map of Surrey, c.1603
Surrey History Centre ref. M/150

This lovely example, Surriae Comitatus was made c.1602-3 by an anonymous cartographer, and reprinted from the original copper plate by Stent and Overton, two map dealers, in about 1642. Modern research now suggests that the anonymous series of county maps, of which this is one, was made by William Smith, a friend of William Camden and John Norden and engraved in the Amsterdam workshop of Joducus Hondius, who was later responsible for engraving John Speeds map of Surrey in 1610.

Detail of map of Surrey, c.1603, showing the Guildford area

Detail of map of Surrey, c.1603, showing the Guildford area


4 Responses to Maps

  1. You may be interested in a new digital redrawing of William Faden\’s 1788 map of London and its environs including Surrey at http://www.fadensmapoflondon.co.uk

  2. I have an old map of Surrey I am struggling to date.

    It is on old looking Abbey Mills, Greenfield & crown water marked paper. Photos available, any explorers familiar with this edition please?
    Are to be solde by Tho: / Bassett in Fleetstreet etc……..

    Any info, highly appreciated!
    —- [email protected] —-

    • Cindy says:

      Beverly, I am wondering if you were able to date your map of Surrey printed on Abbey Mills Greenfield paper? I have a map of Bermuda “Mappa Aestivarvm”. True original map dates in the 1600’s. I know mine is not an original however, the paper is laid paper watermarked Abbey Mills Greenfield in 4 places with a crown atop each mark. I have been trying to trace this down since 2010 when I purchased the map. Any info would be appreciated!

      • Beverley Sait says:

        I am aware these are not originals but I must add my copper edition has more resemblance IDENTICAL to the black and white copy of 1610 map kept in a museum. Not prints I have found bears same pen markings. & my query is who or where has this copperplate come from as more precise and original then the ORIGINAL copies. I only know as holding a.copy of 1610 SpeedSurrey map, I noticed a pen mark/error at Stratford where his friend Shakespeare was from
        Whom also spoke and saw the original. But over all know one is familiar with this or even 2 of each map seems to be around not mention. It also surprised me paper was made early before 1800,at Abbey mills but some ‘specialists’ are even unaware of this.
        Any info always appreciated.

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