Just found this amongst my bits and bobs. Thought it might be of interest. Didn't really know how to title it but it's self explanatory relating to Peel Holdings Archaeological search on the Wallasey Dock area.
In relevance to the old maps, can someone explain how they were done ? I understand how engravings were used (not how engravings were made)
It is said that ;
* Map making became increasingly common in the reign of Elizabeth I made possible by advances in surveying technology and printing from engraved copper plates. Accurate mapping of the whole country became increasingly important.*
How was the surveying complied ? Would it have been done by someone walking the length and breadth of the country and making hand written maps ? That sounds a difficult task !
Would it have been information compiled from local people in each area, village, house, hill, lake, pond, river etc. etc., or would it have been done by different methods , although I cannot think what ? IF it was done by a local chieftan passing on the information,to the necessary office, there could in that case be 'drawn' records of the original engravings.
Still don't know how engravings were made or on what. I have tried to read about it but some things are not absorbed by the gentle, female mind
Any ideas please ?
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Eventually there were huge numbers of teams of people to get the accuracy in a quick time but few maps were produced without reference to previous less accurate map, accuracy built up with time - as did some mistakes.
The first proper British survey was of Scotland which took 8 years to complete and used about 50 people in 6 teams. Only significant points were measured accurately, general land in-between was often estimated.
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