Title and Preface Pages

Senex's Hampshire 1719-57

These notes are made from a copy of volume 1 of Senex's road book in a private collection, to the owners of which I am grateful.

The book is half bound in leather, wxh=15x21cm; the spine labelled:-

The title page reads:-
An Actual / SURVEY / Of all the PRINCIPAL ROADS of / ENGLAND and WALES; / Described by One Hundred MAPS from Copper Plates. / On which are delineated / All the CITIES, TOWNS, VILLAGES, CHURCHES, HOUSES, and Places of Note / throughout each Road. / As ALSO / Directions to the Curious Traveller what is worth observing throughout his Journey. / The whole described in the most easy and intelligible Manner. / First perform'd and publish'd by JOHN OGILBY, Esq; And now improved very / much corrected, and made portable by JOHN SENEX. / VOL. I. / Containing all the / Direct Roads from LONDON through ENGLAND and WALES. / in 54 PLATES. / LONDON: Printed for and sold by J. SENEX at the Globe in Salisbury-Court, Fleetstreet, 1719.

Explanation There is an introductory passage:-

THIS Volume is divided into two Parts, each being disposed in an Alphabetical Order.
In the first Part are contain'd all the direct Independent Roads from London, comprised in XIV Itineraries, and XXXI Plates.

In the second Part are contain'd all the direct Roads call'd Dependents, being such as at several Distances from London, branch out of the former Independents, of which there are XVII Itineraries, comprised in XXIII Plates.

Each Road is supposed to be drawn on a long Role, Fillet, or Scrole, making several bendings backwards and forwards, on the forward returns of which the Road to be described is drawn.

The beginning of each Road or Plate is at the bottom on the Left Hand, from thence you proceed upwards, the Road being bounded either by two Parallel black Lines, which shews the Road there is to be enclosed or hedged in on each Side; or else by two Parallel pricked or dotted Lines, which denotes the Road there to be over an open Common: Or lastly by a pricked Line on one Side, and a black Line on the other, which intimates the Road there to be open on the pricked Line side, and hedged or bounded on the black Line side.

When you are come to the Top of the first Bend of the Scrole, you are then to begin again at the Bottom of the next return of it, and so go upwards as before; and the like of all the rest.

If the Road does not terminate in the first Map, it is continued through the second, third, &c. as the Figures denote in the Miles will easily direct.

The black Dotts or Points placed in the Road, terminate the measured Miles, the Figures adjoined signify the Number from that Place, whence the Mensuration began.

Beside the Numbers of measured Miles, you have at every noted City or Town the Number of computed Miles inserted near it; as from London to Oxford measures 55 Miles, when its computed Distance is but 47 com. (com. every where standing for computed.)

The little openings on either hand the Road shew the going out of other Roads, from the Road there described, the Name against it telling you to what Place it goes.

The Cross upon each Part of the Road shews the four Cardinal Points of the Compass, that part of it marked whith (sic) a Flower de Lis every where pointing to the North, by which means the bearing of the Road is known, and by consequence when the Sun appears, the Hour of the Day tolerably well guessed at.

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

Brooks, Rivers, Hills and Woods, are described by the common Characters used for them in Maps.

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

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