symbols;
settlements, etc

Saxton's Hampshire 1575

Symbols Settlements on Saxton's map of Hampshire are positioned by a dot and circle, with additions to suggest the sort of settlement. The labelling is nearly all one size of neat, legible, italic lowercase. The engraving is a delight to the eye. Names are sometimes in a macaroni of Latin and English, eg: Sct Lukes chapell. The a of ...ham is often printed above the hm. A letter p with a line thro the tail stands for par, eg: Fremantel pke and Long poche. A tilde has been used in the transcriptions for a abbreviation mark. There is no table of symbols, and the symbols must be understood with care. We have referred to the three grades of settlement as hamlet, village or parish, and town, for sake of some term when discussing them.
city - dot, double circle, lots of buildings, cross on highest tower; name in block caps.
Eg: WINCHESTER.
town - dot, double circle, buildings and towers; labelled in block caps.
Eg: AULTON. A larger town has more buildings, eg: Portesmouth. It is possible to see town walls and bastions at Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester.
village - dot, circle, church, or at least a tower; labelled lowercase italic.
This perhaps implies a parish? eg: Bentley.



hamlet - dot, circle, building; labelled lowercase italic.
The symbol might indicate a hamlet or perhaps just a small locality. The arrangement of building and circle varies, there might be two buildings; nice examples are Lynkenholt, and Lee.
house - dot, circle, building with flag.
is a house, eg: Durford howse.
castle - dot, circle, pair of towers with flags.
Eg: Hurst castel.
Notes about symbols.


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