Dorset Dorsetshire antique map

£35.00

Dorset antique map from ‘Curiosities of Great Britain. England and Wales Delineated. Historical, Entertaining & Commercial, Alphabetically Arranged  by Thomas Dugdale, Antiquarian. Nice clean example of a Dugdale map, published c1845. Original outline hand-colouring. Paper size 8.75 x 10.75 inches. Usual centre fold

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Dorset Dorsetshire antique map from ‘Curiosities of Great Britain. England and Wales Delineated. Historical, Entertaining & Commercial, Alphabetically Arranged  by Thomas Dugdale, Antiquarian. Assisted by William Burnett.’ (Dugdale was a professional artist, whilst Burnett was a civil engineer by profession.) Together they produced a series of steel engraved prints of English and Welsh architectural and topographical features, together with County Maps. The county maps were drawn and engraved by Joshua Archer of Pentonville, London. Included in the maps was a considerable amount of information including: the ‘hundreds’ and ‘wapentakes (divisions within a county), county towns, market towns, villages and hamlets, country seats and parks, canals, turnpike roads, cross roads, rail roads built and planned, stations, rivers and water courses, woods and plantations, polling places for the county, boundaries of counties, hundreds and boroughs, together with distances between towns and the capital city, London. Each map was hand-coloured at the time.

Dorset derives its name from the county town of Dorchester. The Romans established the settlement in the 1st century and named it Durnovaria which was a Latinised version of a Common Brittonic word possibly meaning “place with fist-sized pebbles”. The Saxons named the town Dornwaraceaster (the suffix “ceaster” being the Old English name for a Roman town) and Dornsæte came into use as the name for the inhabitants of the area from “Dorn”—a reduced form of Dornwaraceaster—and the Old English word “sæte” meaning people. It is first mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in AD 845 and in the 10th century the county’s archaic name, “Dorseteschyre” (Dorsetshire), was first recorded.

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