Catalogue description Map of Holland Fen, Lincolnshire, showing the area between Donington, Crowland, Market...

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Details of MPCC 1/7
Reference: MPCC 1/7

Map of Holland Fen, Lincolnshire, showing the area between Donington, Crowland, Market Deeping and Horbling. Shows monastic and parish churches, houses, crosses including St Guthlac's cross at Brotherhouse Bar; roads, bridges, rivers and dykes, causeway; marshland, Bourne well, cloot near Brotherhouse Bar; boundary between Parts of Kesteven and Holland. Note to effect that villages of Rippingdale, Dunsby, Morton and Bourne had common in marsh of Pinchbeck; Thurlby did not. Place-names in English: notes in Latin. Buildings apparently drawn from life, and outlined in red: churches, houses, bridges in perspective; Crowland bridge in plan. No scale shown. Oriented to the north. Endorsed: 'The plais For bestes Holand' in contemporary hand; 'Holland Fenn', 'Lincoln', 'No 55 Holland Fen' in later hands.

Note: [Grid references: OSGB36: TF 241 256; WGS84: 52.81331, -0.15848]. WGS84 interpolated from OSGB36.
Date: [c 1430]
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in The National Archives: MPC 100; DL 31/55
Legal status: Not Public Record(s)
Language: English and Latin
Dimensions: 97 cmx83 cm
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Publication note:

The British Isles catalogue proposed a dating of 'Elizabeth I or earlier' (Maps and Plans in the Public Record Office: I. British Isles, c.1410-1860 (London, 1967), entry 2688); Edward Lynam suggested a date of 1550 (number 86 in list of 'Maps of the Fens', Victoria County History, Huntingdonshire vol III (1936)); Arthur Owen placed MPCC 1/7 in the sixteenth century (in Local Maps and Plans from Medieval England, R A Skelton and P D A Harvey, eds., (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1986), chapter 25 on a map of Deeping Fen, p 291). However, palaeographic and stylistic evidence suggests a mid-fifteenth century or earlier date for this map. A detailed analysis is given in 'The Pinchbeck Fen Map: A Fifteenth-Century Map of the Lincolnshire Fenland', Rose Mitchell and David Crook, Imago Mundi, volume 51, pp 40-50.

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