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report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw

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Chart Features - Lymington

title cartouche
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The map's title cartouche bottom centre is a panel surrounded by foliage scrolls tinted in reds, greens and yellows. Top centre is a ?helmet with spears and flags to each side. The title is:-
Lymington River East of Hurst Castle within the Isle of Wight
The central item above the cartouche could be a cresset - perhaps the basket of Jack?
The cartouche contains:-
scale line
A scale line chequered red and white in quarter miles:-
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A Scale of one Mile
The 1 mile = 72.1mm; assuming a modern statute mile this gives a scale 1 to 22290, or if a sea mile of 6082.96ft then 1 to 25715. The map scale is about:-

   1 to 22000 or 1 to 25000
   25. or 3 inches to 1 mile
compass rose
up is NW
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The map has a compass rose. There are four star points for the cardinal directions, tinted red/pink, and four more for the half cardinal directions, tinted grey/blue. North is marked by a yellow fleur de lys. Up on the sheet is NNW.
table of data
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There are tables at left and right at the bottom of the map, in plain rectangular cartouches. These explain letters used to mark some features of the map. Eg:-
b. Salt Panns
sea plain
sea marks
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The sea is plain, uncoloured. The expanse of sand or mud flats at the mouth of the Lymington River is tinted sandy brown and is drawn with many creeks off the main channel.
The outer marker of the channel into the river is a post with triangle and circle at the top, named:-
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a. Jack in the Baskett
The land is tinted pale green.
The subject of the map is the Lymington River. It is drawn for about 3 miles from sea to just above the town.
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The navigable channel in the river is marked all the way up by posts, the circle at the top tinted dark green.

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Lymington is by a meander, where there is a landing stage at the harbour.
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Settlements are drawn by groups of houses, roofs tinted grey-blue, with groups of trees, tinted emerald green. Lymington, a town, has a church with a tower, and a turret? on that, and is not named. It has a landing stage at the river's edge.
Other settlements are small and unnamed, except:-

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c. Buckland
where is drawn a great house.
Two roads are shown, each by a double line for its edges, plus a line of dots down the middle for the track itself. The roads are marked:-

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e. Road to Beauley
running westward from Lymington, and:-
d. Road to Christ Church
running northward parallel the river.
Along the shore of river estuary and sea, south of Lymington, are extensive:-
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b. Salt Panns
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Many rectangular ponds are drawn, tinted blue at their edges, and some windpumps, and some buildings.

Collins 1693
Dummer 1698

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Lymington River as shown on Collins' South Coast (1693), on Dummer's Southampton (1698), and on Dummer's Lymington (1698), respectively.

Dummer and Wiltshaw's chart of Lymington has details not shown in the chart by Greenvile Collins.

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Lymington, Hampshire
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South Coast Harbours 1698
report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw

© Jean and Martin Norgate: 2002
with information courtesy of Hampshire CC Museums Service
images © Jean Norgate: 2001