Old Hampshire Mapped


Kitchin'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.
Hampshire plates 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.
plate 25 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
plate 30 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
plate 33 pl.33 from Andover, Hampshire to Wiltshire border; then Amesbury, Shrewton, Warminster, Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire; to Bruton and Bridgewater, Somerset.
cf:- Ogilby plate 32
plate 41 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
plate 50 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 Winchester, Hampshire.
cf:- Ogilby plate 97
plate 55 pl.55 from Bagshot to Farnham, Surrey; then Alton, New Alresford, Twyford to Southampton, Hampshire; from Southampton to Romsey, Hampshire; then to Salisbury, Wiltshire.
cf:- Ogilby plate 51
plate 58 pl.58 from Basingstoke to Stockbridge, Hampshire; then Downton, Wiltshire; and Cranborne, Blandford, Dorchester to Weymouth, Dorset.
cf:- Ogilby plate 53
plate 91 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
plate 93 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

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.

References Box, E G: 1932=1935: Hampshire in Early Maps and early Roadbooks: Hampshire Field Club: XII: pp221-235

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