Wiltshire Dorset Hampshire Somerset antique map. Original hand-coloured copper-plate engraved antique map from John Cary’s ‘New Maps of England and Wales with part of Scotland,’ published, 1794. Plate number 14 featuring: Melcombe Regis, Wareham, Corfe Castle, Poole Harbour, Beer Regis, Wimborn, Blandford, Cranbourne, Stalbridge, Sturminster, Shaftsbury, Gillingham, Wincanton, Bruton, Frome, Trowbridge, East Lavington, Westbury, Warminster, Ludgarshall, Amesbury, Longleat, mere, Salisbury, Laverstock Park, Salisbury Plain, Ringwood, Christchurch, Fordingbridge.
John Cary (c. 1754 – 1835) was an English cartographer. Cary served his apprenticeship as an engraver in London, before setting up his own business in the Strand in 1783. He soon gained a reputation for his maps and globes, his atlas, The New and Correct English Atlas published in 1787, becoming a standard reference work in England. In 1794 Cary was commissioned by the Postmaster General to survey England’s roads. This resulted in Cary’s New Itinerary (1798), a map of all the major roads in England and Wales. He also produced Ordnance Survey maps prior to 1805. In his later life he collaborated on geological maps with the geologist William Smith. His business was eventually taken over by G. F. Cruchley (1822–1875).
Wiltshire is a county in South West England with an area of 3,485 km2 (1,346 square miles). It is landlocked and borders the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. The county town was originally Wilton, after which the county is named, but is now Trowbridge.