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These notes and transcription are made from the map of Southampton, ie Hampshire, by Peter Keer, about 1620. The map is in the Map Collection of Hampshire CC Museums Service, item HMCMS:FA1999.88.
map type: HantsMap & Keer 1605

Descriptive Text

This example of the map has [part of] the descriptive text for Hampshire on the reverse:-
HANT-SHIRE, lying upon the West of England, is borderered upon the North by Barkshire, upon the East with Surrey and Sussex, upon the South with the British Seas, and Ile of Wight, and upon the West with Dorset and Wilt-shire.
2 The length thereof from Blackwater in the North upon Surrey, unto Bascomb in the South upon the Sea, extended in a right line, is fiftie foure English miles: and the breadth drawne from Peters-field iin the East, unto Tidworth in the West, and confines of Wilt-shire, is little lesse than thirtie miles, the whole Circumference about one hundred fiftie and five miles.
3 The Aire is temperate, though somewhat thick by reason of the Seas, and the many Rivers that through the Shire do fall, whose plentie of fish and fruitfull increase, doe manifoldly redeeme the harmes which they make.
4 The Soile is rich for Corne and Cattel, pleasant for pasturage, and plenteous for woods; in a word, in all commodities either for Sea or Land, blessed and happy.
5 Havens it hath, and those commodious both to let in, and to loose out Ships of great burden in trade of Merchandise, or any other imployments: whereof Portsmouth, Tichfield, Hamble, and South-hampton are the chiefe: besides many other creeks that open their bosomes into those Seas, and the Coast strengthened with many strong Castles, such as Hurst, calshot, South-hampton, S. Andrewes, Worth, Porchester, and South Castle, besides other Bulwarks, or Blockhouses that secure the Countrey: and further in the Land, as malwood, Winchester, and Odiam, so strong, that in the time of King John, thirteene English-men onely defended the Fort for fifteene dayes against Lewis of France, that with a great Host assaulted it most hotly.
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HantsMap Notes -- KEER3.txt
MN: 5.5.1999
last edit: 5.5.1999