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report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw

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Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England

Report, descriptive text and charts, A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end, made by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Made together with Captain James Conaway and Captain William Cruft, Masters of Trinity House at Deptford.
The bound volume has manuscript maps with descriptions of particular ports and harbours, some towns being shown in plan. The harbours surveyed, original spellings, are:- Rye, Pemsey, Cookmere, New-haven, Shoreham, Arundell, Southampton &c., Bussleton, Beauley, Lymington, Christ Church, Poole & Purbeck, Weymouth & Melcomb Regis, Exmouth, Dartmouth, Fowey, Falmouth and Helford.
title page:-
A SURVEY of the Ports of the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-End
wxh:- 24x36cm
wxh, page:- 23.5x35.5cm
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24

notes:- Edmund Dummer was appointed Surveyor to the Navy at Portsmouth, Hampshire, he was officer in charge of dockyard stores and ship maintenance. In 1698 he initiated a plan to survey harbours on the south coast, at a time when war with France, and possible invasion, was a real threat. The survey was allowed only 2 months for 18 harbours, and involved Captain Thomas Wiltshaw of the navy and Captains Conaway and Cruft of Trinity House. Given this short time the surveying was understandably sketchy. Nine copies of the report were made:-
  • 3 are known in the British Museum - Sloane MS3233
  • 3 in the National Maritime Museum
  • 1 in the Royal Geographical Society
  • 1 in Hampshire CC Museums Service (HMCMS)
  • where is the ninth?
A separate plan of Portsmouth and Southampton Water made by Edmund Dummer, 1698, not included in this survey, is in the British Museum, King's MS 43 fol.89.

Facing the title page of the HMCMS copy of the report is a bookplate, a coat of arms and crest with motto:-
DEO DUCENTE
and the engravers mark:-
[Exdriel] Sculpt.
Below the bookplate an owner has pasted a slip cut from a sale catalogue. The book was lot 824 and assessed as:-
... very neatly drawn, an official manuscript.

In the transcriptions some freedom has been taken with the layout where strict line-by-line transcription (with space slash space, / , to denote newline) would make a nonsense.

Note that the letters in the tables of particulars refer to letters in the charts.

references:-
Robinson, A H W: 1962: Marine Cartography in Britain: Leicester University Press

Rye Map, hand coloured manuscript, The Port of Rye, East Sussex, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 203x314mm
scale:- 1 to 50000 ? (1 to 44458 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 51216 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.1

transcript
title:- The Port of RYE at low Water
table:- a : Part of the Haven right against ye Town now dry at low Water was 15 & 16 ft. deep within Memory at that Place.
b : The Haven lyes dry at low Water at this time.
c : The Entrance or Mouth of the Haven. 2 or 3 fam: deep at low Water
d : Shoale Ground again just wth:out it and so to two Miles in Length
b,c,d : May be Cable & half in distance & is all the space yt: ye. small Vessells have to Float in at low Water
d,e : The length of the Shoale wth:out ye Havens Mouth to the Barr and reckoned two Miles.
f. : Winchelsea
g. : Ditto Levell
h : Ditto Castle
i. : Sockett
k. : Romsey Marsh
l. : Guildford
m. : Scotch Flatt
n. : Cravens Sluice
o.o. : New Sluice & Wall
p. : Knocks Sluice
q. : Wettersham Levell
r. : Kent Bridge
s. : Island of Oxney
t. : Appledoor Levell

Pevensey Map, hand coloured manuscript, The Haven of Pemsey ie Pevensey, East Sussex, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x315mm
scale:- 1 to 25000 ? (1 to 22414 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 25822 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.2

transcript
title:- The Haven of Pemsey. and Levell about adjacent to ye Town
table:- a. : Old Outlet
b. : New Shutt
c. : Road to Hastings
d. : Road to Bourne
e. : Pemsey Levell

Cookmere Map, hand coloured manuscript, The Haven of Cookmere ie Cuckmere River, East Sussex, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x315mm
scale:- 1 to 25000 ? (1 to 22290 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 25715 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.3

transcript
title:- The Haven of Cookmere and Levells between the Hills
table:- a. : Causeway & Bridge
b. : Excet
c. : West Dean
d. : Road to Sleaford

Newhaven Map, hand coloured manuscript, The River of New-Haven ie Newhaven, River Ouse, East Sussex, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 201x315mm
scale:- 1 to 25000 ? (1 to 22290 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 25715 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.4

transcript
title:- The River of New-haven and Levell between the Hills
table:- a. : Road to Cokmere
b. : The Sea flowing behind the Shingle sometimes
c. : The Road to Brighthelmstone
d. : The Havens Mouth
e. : The Ancient passage into the Sea
f. : The Soile & Shingle of the Seashoar wherein th. winds & Sea choak ye: same
g. : A piece of old Wharfing design'd to force the River to keep its Ancient passage at e but proved inefectuall

Shoreham Map, hand coloured manuscript, The River of Shoreham, ie River Adur, East Sussex, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
scale:- 1 to 50000 ? (1 to 44704 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 51502 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.5

transcript
title:- The River of Shoreham & Levell above between ye Hills
table:- a. : Late Outlett
b. : Southweek
c. : Kingstone
d. : Buckinham
e. : Old Shoreham
f. : Padd
g. : Launching
h. : Bramber
i. : Church Rock

Arundel Map, hand coloured manuscript, The River of Arundell, ie River Arun, Arundel, East Sussex, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x314mm
scale:- 1 to 50000 ? (1 to 45017 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 51862 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.6

transcript
title:- The River of Arundell. and Levell about ye. same
table:- a. : Little Hampton
b. : Part of Cuttleworth Church
c. : Cuttleworth Mill
d. : Climpen
e. : Ford
f. : Fowling Place
g. : Priery
h. : Courtweek
i. : Leminster
k. : Warning Camp
l. : Burcam
m. : Road to Shoreham
n. : Road to Chichester

Southampton Map, hand coloured manuscript, The River of Southampton, ie River Test etc, Southampton Water, Hampshire, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, sheet:- 42x35.5cm
wxh, map:- 390x315mm
scale:- 1 to 88000 ? (1 to 76032 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 87594 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.7

transcript
title:- The River of Southampton wth: the Scituation of Bussleton Beauley & Lymington Rivers within the Isle of Wight
table:- Table of Particulars
Part of the Isle of Wight :
a. : Needles
b. : Yarmouth
c. : Bulmer
d. : Newton Creeke
e. : West Cowes
f. : East Cowes
Main Land of Hampshr. :
g. : Hurst castle
h. : Lymington
i. : Beauley
k. : Leap
l. : Oard
m. : Calshott Castle
n. : Hyth Ferry
o. : Red bridge
p. : Mill Brooke
q. : Southampton
r. : Itching Ferry
s. : Hamble
t. : Bussleton
v. : Titchfield Lake
w. : Hell Head
x. : Middle in Hampton River
y. : Bramble
z. : Middle Grounds

Bursledon Map, hand coloured manuscript, The Busselton River, ie River Hamble, Hamble and Bursledon, Hampshire, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x315mm
scale:- 1 to 25000 ? (1 to 22229 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 25608 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.8

transcript
title:- Bussleton River
table:- a. : Salt Panns
b. : Hamble
c. : Bussleton Ferry
d. : Road to Southampton
e. : Road to Portsmouth

Beaulieu Map, hand coloured manuscript, The Beauley River, ie Beaulieu River, Beaulieu, Hampshire, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x315mm
scale:- 1 to 25000 ? (1 to 22290 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 25715 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.9

transcript
title:- Beauley. River
table:- a. : Ginns
b. : Road to Lymington
c. : Road to Southampton
d. : Part of the New Forrest

Lymington Map, hand coloured manuscript, Lymington, Lymington River, Lymington and Pennington, Hampshire, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x314mm
scale:- 1 to 25000 ? (1 to 22290 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 25715 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.10

transcript
title:- Lymington River East of Hurst Castle within the Isle of Wight
table:- a. : Jack in the Baskett
b. : Salt Panns
c. : Buckland
d. : Road to Beauley
e. : Road to Christ Church

Christchurch Map, hand coloured manuscript, The Christchurch River, ie River Avon and River Stour, Christchurch, Dorset, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 203x314mm
scale:- 1 to 25000 ? (1 to 22290 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 25715 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.11

transcript
title:- Christ Church River Westward of Hurst Castle wth:out ye. Isle of Wight
table:- a. : Peer now making
b. : Store-house
c.c. : Two Mills
d. : Blandford River
e. : Salisbury River
f : Road to Lymington
g : Road to Pool

Poole Map, hand coloured manuscript, The Haven and Town of Poole, Dorset, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x314mm
scale:- 1 to 50000 ? (1 to 44335 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 51077 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.12

transcript
title:- The Haven & Town of Poole near the Isle of Purbeck
table:- a.a. : Sands under water
b. : Shipps pass over sometimes
c. : Old Corbands
d. : Brownsea Island & Castle
e. : Parkson
f. : Heakford
g. : Ham
h. : Passage
i. : Owar River
k. : Road to Christ Church
l. : Road to Hampshier
m. : Road to Wareham

Weymouth Map, hand coloured manuscript, The Port of Weymouth and Melcomb Regis, Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x315mm
scale:- 1 to 35000 ? (1 to 30194 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 34786 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.13

transcript
title:- The Port of Weymouth and Melcomb Regis and part of the Bay of Portland.
table:- a. : Melcomb Regis
b. : Barr
c. : Battery
d. : Stones dry at low Water
e. : A Wall
f. : Chief Road
g. : Weymouth Castle
h. : Smamouth passage
i. : Part of Portland
k. : A Steep Stone Beach
l. : Weeke

Exmouth Map, hand coloured manuscript, The River of Exmouth, Devon, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x316mm
scale:- 1 to 25000 ? (1 to 22259 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 25644 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.14

transcript
title:- The River of Exmouth
table:- a. : Sands under water
b. : Exmouth Village
c. : Starr Cross

Dartmouth Map, hand coloured manuscript, The Harbour of Dartmouth, Devon, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x316mm
scale:- 1 to 40000 ? (1 to 34169 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 39365 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.15

transcript
title:- The Harbour of Dartmouth
table:- a. : Mew-stone
b. : Combs
c. : Blackstone
d. : Dartmo. Castle
e. : Little Dartmouth
f. : Kings-wear Castle
g. : Old Ruines
h. : Warfleet
i. : Kings-wear
k. : Hughdown
l. : Old Millbay
m. : Anchor Stone
n. : Dittason

Fowey Map, hand coloured manuscript, The Harbour of Fowey, Cornwall, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x316mm
scale:- 1 to 24000 ? (1 to 20659 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 23801 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.16

transcript
title:- The Harbour of Fowey
table:- a. : Comyes dry first 1/4 Ebb
b. : Pudmouth Bay
c. : St. Kath Castle & Ruines
d. : Fowey Castle
e. : Ruines of St. Saviours Chapll.
f. : Pulruan Village & Castle
g. : Pendennick
h. : Fowey Rock
i. : Caffey Mill Pill
k. : Mixto Pill
l. : Wiseman Stone
m. : Pout Pill

Falmouth Map, hand coloured manuscript, The Harbour of Falmouth, Cornwall, by Edmund Dummer and Captain Thomas Wiltshaw, Royal Navy, 1698.
Published in A Survey of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.
wxh, map:- 202x316mm
scale:- 1 to 52000 ? (1 to 45461 from scale line assuming a statute mile or 1 to 52375 assuming a sea mile)
item:- HMCMS:FA1991.24.17

transcript
title:- The Harbour of Falmouth
table:- a. : Falmouth Rock
b. : Pendennis Castle
c. : Arwanaak
d. : St. Mawes Town Castle
e. : Place
f. : St. Just
g. : Myler Church
h. : Trefusis
i. : Flushing
k. : Gluias and Penreen
l. : Mylor Bridge
m. : Carlew
n. : Strangewich Passage
o. : Peppell
p. : Feock
q. : Kingharryes Passage
r. : Key
s. : Tregothnam
t. : Pencivell
u. : Filley
w. : Poltmask
x. : Falvorne
y. : Turner Ware

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