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Old Maps and Aerial Photographs of Chester

smith map 1585
William Smith 's Map of Chester 1585

This map of Chester, and the view of the city below, dating from the same time, are by the antiquarian and cartographer William Smith. He was a persuivant- an officer of the College of Heralds, an establishment that specialised in genealogical work for the rising class of nobles in Elizabethan times.

In 1588 Smith published The Particuler Description of England With The Portratures of Certaine the Chieffest Citties and Townes. These two images may have been rough preparatory drawings for this work. A few years later, in 1602-3, Smith produced a further series of maps of English cities, including one of Chester, as part of a plan to publish an atlas. Unfortunately for Smith, another cartographer, John Speed, was preparing superior maps at the same time and the competition proved too great for Smith. (Speed's map of Chester may be seen on the next page.)

(Descriptions of the images to follow)

smith view of chester 1585

On to John Speed's Map of Chester 1610

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