Old maps tell the story of Lincolnshire

I recently came across a fascinating blog post by Dr. Caitlin Green, featuring a collection of early maps of Lincolnshire. Caitlin describes herself as a historian and writer whose professional interests lie in the history, archaeology, place-names and literature of late Roman and early medieval Britain.

She explains: “This post is primarily intended to share images of some of the interesting early maps of Lincolnshire that still exist, dating from the medieval era through until the early seventeenth century. Details of each map and a brief discussion of the principal points of interest—including the curious region-name ‘Ageland’ that appears in eastern Lincolnshire on many of them—are provided in the captions to the following image gallery, which I aim to add to over time.”

Some interesting early maps of Lincolnshire

“Up until recently I was engaged in research at the University of Oxford and have written a number of books, articles and various other things over the years; I’m currently a panel tutor & lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education. I’ve also appeared on local and national TV and radio, including BBC One’s The One Show, and have given lectures, talks and seminars on a range of historical topics to a wide variety of audiences, both academic and lay.”

Gerard Mercator’s engraving of a map of Lincolnshire, originally produced in 1564 and put together into atlas form in the 1570s; north is on the right hand side for this map, which is thought to have been simply engraved by Mercator from an English original, possibly produced by John Elder to assist the French or Spanish in planning an invasion to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I.

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This post is reblogged by courtesy of the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa

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