Road map features

Senex's Hampshire 1719-57

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title cartouche: The beginning of each route has a title in a plain box, the sides curved to fit within the scrolls of the route maps. Only the first plate of a long road has a title cartouche giving the name of the road. (eg: pl.25)

north point: Each scroll has a north point to gives its orientation.

scale: The strip maps have no stated scale; roads are marked at 1 mile intervals. A scale can be estimated; about:-
1 to 140000 2-2.5 miles to 1 inch


coast shaded: The coast line, where it appears, at Southampton for example, is emphasised by shading (eg pl.54 mile 0).


rivers: are shown by a wiggly line, somtimes with the river name.

Senex's explanation:-
Brooks, Rivers, Hills and Woods, are described by the common Characters used for them in Maps.
bridges: A bridge is shown by the river interrupting the road. (eg pl.52 mile 82)
Oux bridge
over the River Blackwater 3 miles SW of Romsey.

ponds: A pond might be shown, with shading. (eg pl.52 mile 77)
a Pond

hills: are indicated by lumpy hillocks.

woods & forests: Trees are drawn in groups to indicate woods or forests (eg pl.54 mile 52); they do not seem to have been used randomly as decoration. A wood or forest might be named.
trees: A lone tree might be drawn and named, for example on the road from Southampton to Romsey at about the halfway point (pl.54 mile 4):-
Halfway Oak



parks: are shown by a ring of fence, for example outside Whitchurch, Hampshire (pl.25 mile 60).


county: County boundaries are shown by a dotted line, with annotation, for example, from Surrey, (pl.54 mile 43):-
reenter Hamp sh.

The county name is printed vertically along the side of each scroll (eg pl.30 mile 48).

Senex says:-
The Name of the Countrey you travel in is every where engraved along the Side of the Scrole.


settlements: Settlements on the route are drawn by groups of blocks indicating the size of the place and perhaps giving some idea of street layout.




roads: Roads are the main element of these maps. The road distance from London is given each mile.



miscellaneous: John Senex's strip maps show incidental features beside the road, what the tourist might or should notice, perhaps. There are: windmills, paper mills, ancient monuments, schools, posts, crosses, fortifications, chapels, etc.


Senex's Hampshire 1719-57, contents
General index
Old Hampshire Mapped

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