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Map of England

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A map is a great way to explore England without ever leaving your armchair. Looking at maps drawn at different times can teach you a lot about our history. Other maps can introduce you to the diverse topography of the landscape or England's geological riches. Maps can chart journeys, as well as describe the joys of a single location. They can also be political: the issue of land boundaries and ownership affects everyone from monarchs to farmers.

The first English map of Britain was produced by Matthew Paris in 1250, but it was not until the middle of the 16th century that the idea of making a survey of the kingdom in a consistent format really took hold. Christopher Saxton’s survey of England and Wales from 1574 is a lively, colourful portrait of the land, accurate to an extraordinary degree. Each county is displayed in loving detail: the place names, the rivers, the forests, hills and mountains. When was the last time you sat down with a map and got to know your country?

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Instantly recognisable, unforgettable, emotion stirring.

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I believe rice, peas and jerk chicken is an Icon of England.

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