Greenwood's large-scale map of Hampshire
By GREENWOOD, Christopher , 1826

Map of the County of Southampton From An Actual Survey Made in the Years 1825 & 1826, By C. & J. Greenwood and N. L. Kentish, Most Respectfully Dedicated to the Nobility,Clergy & Gentry of Hampshire, By the Proprietors Greenwood , Pringle & Co.

British Isles English Counties
  • Author: GREENWOOD, Christopher
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Greenwood, Pringle & Co., Regent St., Pall Mall
  • Publication date: June 15th, 1826.
  • Physical description: Large scale engraved map, dissected and mounted on linen, fine original full-wash colour, view of Winchester Cathedral lower right, housed within slipcase.
  • Dimensions: 1570 by 1500mm. (61.75 by 59 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1392


Greenwood’s large scale map of Hampshire in original full-wash colour.

The maps by Christopher and John Greenwood set new standards for large-scale surveys. Although they were unsuccessful in their stated aim to map all the counties of England and Wales it is probably no coincidence that of the ones they missed, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Oxfordshire, all except Cambridgeshire were mapped by Andrew Bryant in a similar style and at the same period. From a technical point of view the Greenwoods’ productions exceeded the high standards set in the previous century though without the decoration and charming title-pieces that typified large scale maps of that period.

The Greenwoods started in 1817 with Lancashire and Yorkshire and, by 1831, they had covered 34 counties. Their maps were masterpieces of surveying and engraving techniques, and in view of the speed at which they were completed, their accuracy is remarkable. They mark the boundaries of the counties, hundreds and parishes, churches and chapels, castles and quarries, farmhouses and gentlemen’s seats, heaths and common land, woods, parliamentary representatives and distances between towns. The price of 3 guineas each compares with the the first edition Ordnance Survey sheets of 7s 6d, though the latter did not relate to complete counties.