Relief, HillsSaxton's Hampshire 1575
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Hills on Saxton's map of Hampshire are indicated by
hillocks. These are mostly grouped, though it is not easy
to interpret what they mean. Some hills are made steeper
or bigger than others; some hills are named.|
The hill symbol could show any of the following:-
The first category of hills is clearly represented. An important or isolated hill might be the site of a fort, beacon, castle, or town. The hill might be named, for example Old Windsor hill.
A steep scarp might be shown as a line of hills; example Portes downe. Some scarps are missed.
The line of hills drawn north of Winchester is not a scarp, but is high rolling downland, and is a watershed.
The other categories of hills seem to have a lower priority, and it is less clear what was intended. There seem to be more hillocks drawn where ground is high, say above 100m. In Hampshire high ground tends to be hilly ground. Low lying hilly ground seems to lack hillock symbols; but the space on the map is often taken up by trees in woods and forests.
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'modern' name (parish; ngr) = old name if given
|Old Winchester Hill (Exton parish; SU6420) = Old Windsor hill|
|Portsdown (Portsmouth parish; SU6_0_) = Portes downe|
|St Ann's Hill (Nether Wallop parish) = Sct An~s hill|
|Stoner Hill? (Froxfield parish) = Stone hill|
|Toothill (Nursling and Rownhams parish; SU3818) = Towte hill|
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