30 Nov 2011

Manchester and Sutton Coldfield Historical Map Books

Mapseeker Archive Publishing with maps from the Collins Bartholomew Historic Map Archive has just published their latest historical map and guide books covering Manchester and Sutton Coldfield.

The Environs of Sutton Coldfield was launched at the Waterstone’s Bookshop in Sutton Coldfield.
The Mapseeker team

The Historical Books collection sets out to cover all the counties of England and Wales, containing all the borough surveys and reports for each respective county. Mapseeker have re-created and re-published the plans and reports along with the inclusion of many period views and vistas for individual boroughs. The final chapter in each book concludes with the arrival of the railways and includes early railway maps and guides used by the early Victorian traveller.

The Environs of Sutton Coldfield

Sutton Coldfield Guide
Towards the end of the 16th century and the turn of the 17th century, a small market town in the Hemlingford Hundred was flourishing once again, after emerging from a period of decline. The early maps clearly illustrate the town as "Sutton Cofeld" or "Sutton Colfelde". A number of maps at the turn of the 18th century present the town as "Sutton Cole field". Maps from these centuries illustrated in this book also refer to "Cofeld Wast" and "Cofield Wast", a landscape of sparsely wooded heath land scrub and gorse, water-logged or arid, left after many of the trees had been felled for charcoal burning.  The informative text, old views of Sutton Coldfield and historical maps present an informative guide to the colourful and rich history of the Royal Town and its neighbouring communities.

The Guide to Manchester 1927

Manchester Guide 1927
The Atlas and Guide of Manchester 1927 has been published with the kind permission of Collins Bartholomew Ltd and the book dedicated to J .G. Bartholomew who published the original pocket guide back in 1927. By this time Manchester was one of the largest manufacturing cities in the country, and like many cities Manchester attracted many visitors. By now the majority of people were utilising the established railway networks to explore and visit far off places, tourism would become the new vogue, and the privileged few could drive their new motor cars. John Bartholomew, fifth in a family line of famous cartographers could see the need to provide such people with a handy pocket atlas for their use when navigating the expanding city roads and locating the many businesses and attractions.

Other books in the range so far are the Atlas of Warwickshire and Worcestershire 1830 – 1840, Atlas & Guide of Birmingham 1924 and Atlas and Guide of Liverpool 1928.

All the guides are available as print-on-demand from the Mapseeker website or in a number of Waterstone’s, WH Smiths and National Trust outlets.

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