Old Maps of Cornwall
Old maps are fascinating. Really fascinating. They record a mapped out world as it was in days past, and a historical record of places as they once were. The history of human settlements, their size and perceived location at the time. Maps of "Old Cornwall" show villages and hamlets, perhaps with their old spellings, and the routes between them that were important when they were drawn. Not always has the A38 been there! The old primary routes into and across Cornwall are not as they are now, and even some rivers were thought to flow a little differently - such were the mapping and surveying skills that were still evolving at the time.
There are far too many old maps to illustrate here, but as an example, county maps were often a lot more of a work of art than perhaps they are now, even if the accuracy was still evolving and civic divisions a little different...
It doesn't even take that long in historical terms for place names to evolve. Even in 1804, just over two hundred years ago, the map below shows Liskeard as "Leskeard"! St Austell only has one "l". So easy to get lost in an old map!
To see some more examples of
old maps of Cornwall, there is an excellent page on Rootsweb
(hosted by Ancestry.com) that lists and makes available to view a large number of old and antique maps
dating from 1564 to 1900...
For historic Ordnace Survey
(OS) maps of Cornwall from over the
past 150 years, for search and purchase, see...
For original or printed old maps of Cornwall by various cartographers
that may be for sale, see...
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