table of symbols,
settlements, etc

Norden's Hampshire 1607

Table of
Symbols
Settlements are marked on Norden's map with a dot and circle, there are additional elements coding the type of place. The table of symbols is a key to these. Parks are shown by a fence; hills and trees abound, rivers are clearly shown, with some bridges. Obviously these are better pictured than described!

In the tabulation below Norden's term, from his table of symbols, is in bold.

city; many buildings around the dot and circle, name in block caps.
MARKET TOWNES
town; several buildings around the dot and circle, name in block caps. Notice the weathercock on the tower.
Parishes & places of cure
village; a single tower or building to the left of the dot and circle, name in lower case.
Hamlets & villages
hamlet; a short vertical line from the top of the dot and circle, name in lower case.
Chappells of ease
chapel; a short vertical line, with a horizontal line to one side, ie half a cross, off the top of the dot and circle, name in lower case.
Note about Holy ghost chapel in Camden's Britannia
Howses of bestericcite
country house; a tower either side of the dot and circle, name in lower case; house of best reception.
Ordinarie howses of name
lesser country house, just the dot and circle, name in lower case.
A dot and circle might mark any sort of feature.
Places ruinate and decaid
ruin; the dot and circle cancelled by a slash.
Castles
castle; two towers with a flag, no dot and circle.
Old trenches and fortes
hillfort (generally); a hatched circle like a modern tumulus symbol, with a flag.
Monasticall places
monastic place a cross atop the dot and circle.
Beacons or beaukens
beacon; a hill with beacon posts on top. Some are named.
Earlier
version
Norden's manuscript for the map is in the British Library, AddMSS 31.835:-

A Chorographical Description of the severall Shires and islands of Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Weighte, Gurnesey and Jersey, performed by the traveyle and view of John Norden, 1595

His original list of symbols included:-

'... Howses of best receite, Ordinarie howses of means,
... Old trenches and fortes, ... Woody Places, Devision
for Hundreds, Rivers, Bridges, and Parkes.'


The 1607 edition described in these pages is slightly different; it is the version engraved by W Hole for Camden's Britannia.
Notes about symbols


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