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This large scale map by Christopher Greenwood (1786-1855) is one of the first issued with his brother. The survey of Worcester is the second of three published in 1822, it is issued in partnership with George Pringle, Junior. Christopher Greenwood was a surveyor and mapmaker from Yorkshire who settled in Wakefield by about 1815 before moving to London in 1818. His first large-scale survey was of Yorkshire published in 1817. His brother John was also a surveyor and in 1821 they joined forces. Along with the distribution capabilities of George Pringle and Son, they made an immediate impact with their series of large scale surveys of many English counties.

Although unsigned the map is almost certainly engraved by Samuel John Neele (1758-1824) and his son James Neele (1791-1868). It is on a large scale of one inch to the mile and differentiates between woods and plantations, heaths and commons, different types of waterway and roads. Watermills, windmills and toll booths are identified indicating their significance to the local economy. The early 1800s was a time of rapid change in the landscape with the burgeoning industrial revolution. Their surveys utilised the latest system of triangulation adopted by Colonel Mudge and his surveyors for the Ordnance Survey. Indeed, they were in open competition with them. The Greenwood maps were coloured as opposed to the more functional black and white Ordnance Surveys of the period. Rodger (1972) 503; Tooley’s Dictionary; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

GREENWOOD, Christopher & John

Map of the County of Worcester, from Actual Survey Actual Survey Made in the Years 1820 & 1821 By C. & I. Greenwood

By the Proprietors, Greenwood, Pringle & Co. 13 Regent Street, Pall Mall, London, 1 June 1822
1085 x 1190 mm., four sheets dissected and laid on contemporary linen, in full early wash colour, edged in green silk, with marbled endpapers. With full contemporary marbled calf slipcase, ornate blind panelled, gilt ruled spine with gilt red calf title label, in good condition.
Stock number: 9852


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