William Faden and Norfolk's Eighteenth Century Landscape: A Digital Re-Assessment of his Historic Map

William Faden and Norfolk's Eighteenth Century Landscape: A Digital Re-Assessment of his Historic Map

By: Andrew Duncan Macnair (author), Tom Williamson (author)Paperback

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William Faden's map of Norfolk, published in 1797, was one of a large number of surveys of English counties produced in the second half of the eighteenth century. This book, with accompanying DVD, presents a new digital version of the map, and explains how this can be interrogated to produce a wealth of new historical information. It discusses the making of the Norfolk map, and Faden's own career, within the wider context of the eighteenth-century "cartographic revolution". It explores what the map, and others like it, can tell us about contemporary social and economic geography. But it also shows how, carefully examined, the map can also inform us about the development of the Norfolk landscape in much more remote periods of time. The book includes a digital version of the map, on DVD. Andrew Macnair is Research Fellow at the School of History in the University of East Anglia; Tom Williamson is Professor of History and Head of the Landscape Group at the University of East Anglia.

About Author

Andrew Macnair is a Research Fellow in the School of History, University of East Anglia. He read Natural Sciences at Queens' College, Cambridge prior to becoming a General Practitioner in rural Norfolk. In retirement he has developed an interest in computer-aided analysis of 18th century East Anglian maps. Tom Williamson was born in Hemel Hemstead in Hertfordshire, and was brought up in Bushey, before reading history and archaeology at Jesus College, Cambridge. Since 1984 he has taught at the University of East Anglia. He is now Professor of Landscape History there, and has written widely on landscape archaeology, agricultural history and the history of landscape design. He has a particular interest in the landscape history of Hertfordshire.


1. The County Maps 2. Faden's Map of Norfolk 3. The Map Redrawn 4. Commons, Greens and Heaths 5. Woods, Parks and Plantations 6. Fields, Farms and Fens 7. For Leisure and Edification 8. Traces of Antiquity Conclusion On DVD Appendix 1. List of county maps considered by the Royal Society of Arts and those given a prize Appendix 2. List of county maps that have been analysed in any detail Appendix 3. List of William Faden's county maps Appendix 4. American maps by William Faden in the British Library and the Library of Congress, Washington Appendix 5. List of errors found on Faden's Map of Norfolk Appendix 6. List and introduction to 159 maps, on DVD in digital form

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781905119349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 218
  • ID: 9781905119349
  • ISBN10: 1905119348

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