Old Hampshire Mapped
IntroductionKitchin's Hampshire 1767
These notes are made from a copy of Kitchin's Post Chaise
Companion, a road book of strip maps, 1767. The maps are probably
derived from strip maps by Senex, 1719-57, which in turn derive
from Ogilby's strip maps of 1675.
The road book studied is in the Map Collection of Hampshire CC Museums Service, item HMCMS:FA1999.138. This study concentrates upon what can be seen from the maps; studies of the background of mapping in England, and map makers have been published elsewhere.
This copy of the Post Chaise Companion has uncoloured engravings of strip map road maps by Thomas Kitchin, and was published by Robert Sayer, 53 Fleet Street, John Bowles, Cornhill, and Carington Bowles, St Paul's Church Yard, London, 1767. The volume is cloth bound, wxh=23.5x18cm.
Mostly these remarks refer only to segments of road in Hampshire;
the rest of the road book has been explored less than thoroughly.
The strip maps are listed below with the corresponding plate number
of Ogilby's strip map. The strips retain a slight scroll shape.
pl.25 from London; to Brentford and Staines, Middlesex; then
Bagshot, Surrey; to Hartley Row, Basingstoke, Whitchurch,
and Andover, Hampshire; and beyond Salisbury, Wiltshire.
cf:- Ogilby plates 25 and 26
pl.30 from London; to Wandsworth, Kingston on Thames, Cobham,
Guildford, and Godalming, Surrey; then Liphook in Liphook and Liss,
Petersfield, Horndean, Cosham, to Portsmouth, Hampshire.
cf:- Ogilby plate 30
pl.33 from Andover, Hampshire to Wiltshire border; then
Amesbury, Shrewton, Warminster, Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire; to Bruton
and Bridgewater, Somerset.
cf:- Ogilby plate 32
pl.41 from Guildford to Godalming, Surrey; then Midhurst to
Chichester, West Sussex; and a branch from Midhurst; to
Petersfield and Winchester, Hampshire.
cf:- Ogilby plate 39
pl.50 from New Alresford to Winchester, Romsey, and Ringwood,
Hampshire; then to Pool, Dorset; from Pool to
Christchurch, Dorset; then Lymington in Lymington and
Pennington, Hampshire; and from Southampton to
cf:- Ogilby plate 97
pl.55 from Bagshot to Farnham, Surrey; then Alton,
New Alresford, Twyford to Southampton, Hampshire;
from Southampton to Romsey, Hampshire; then to
cf:- Ogilby plate 51
pl.58 from Basingstoke to Stockbridge, Hampshire; then
Downton, Wiltshire; and Cranborne, Blandford, Dorchester to
cf:- Ogilby plate 53
pl.91 from Oxford to Abingdon, Oxfordshire; then Newbury,
Berkshire; and Kingsclere, Basingstoke, Alton, Petersfield,
Hampshire; then to Chichester, West Sussex.
cf:- Ogilby plate 81
pl.93 from Oxford to Abingdon, Oxfordshire; then Hungerford,
Berkshire, thro Wiltshire; across a corner of Hampshire near
Tidworth; to Salisbury, Wiltshire; then Cranborne, Wimborn
Minster to Poole, Dorset.
cf:- Ogilby plate 83
Thomas Kitchin was an engraver and publisher at The Star,
Holborn, London, about 1738-76. He produced maps and charts, book
plates and portraits. He was Hydrographer to George III. Kitchin
was a prolific publisher of maps and atlases, some produced
together with Emanuel Bowen and Thomas Jefferys.
In his later years he was assisted by his son Thomas; maps being signed T. Kitchin, Senr. and the firm given as Kitchin & Son. Thomas Kitchin died St Albans, 1784.
Box, E G: 1932=1935: Hampshire in Early Maps and early
Roadbooks: Hampshire Field Club: XII: pp221-235
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