John Ogilby's map of Ipswich: 1674
Ipswich Historic Lettering: map 1674
John Ogilby's map of Ipswich in 1674  is the first large, detailed, to-scale plan of the town. The comparison to the Speed map of 1610 is striking, showing much more sophisticated cartography and diagrammatic accuracy. After an extraordinary and varied career, Ogilby's property and press were destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Rebuilding in Whitefriars, he set up a printing press there from which he issued many magnificent books, the most important of which were a series of atlases, with engravings and maps by Hollar and others. In 1674 he was named to the salaried position of "His Majesty's Cosmographer and Geographic Printer". The Britannia atlas of 1675 set the standard for the road maps that followed. An innovation was Ogilby's scale of one inch to the mile (1/63360). These are marked and numbered on each map, the miles further being divided into furlongs. The buildings (mainly churches)  shown to the right and left of the Ipswich street map require some work as to identification.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Ogilby map cartoucheCourtesy Stephen Govier
Given its relative historical importance, we have found this to be the most difficult map about which to discover any commentary or detail, let alone online imagery. However, we've discovered a very good framed copy of the map in the Ipswich Museum, at the top of the main staricase (towards the front of the building). Images from this follow.

With the light from the Museum windows and lamps giving reflection problems, here are the detail photographs of Ogilby's map.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Ogilby map 92012 images
From top left downwards:
Ipswich Borough crest and title in cartouche
The South Prospect of St Mary Tower Church
                 "                  St Lawrence Church
                 "                  St Mary Elms Church
                 "                  St Nicholas Church
                 "                  St Mary Stoke Church
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From top right downwards:
Landscape: South east prospect of Ipswich
The South Prospect of St Margaret's Church (our page on St Margaret's shows a clear version of this engraving)
                 "                   St Ellen's Church
                 "                   St Stephen's Church
                 "                   St Clement's Church
                 "                   St Mary Key Church
                 "                   St Peter's Church
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Stephen Govier, to whom our thanks, has sent better quality images of the church engravings from the Ogilby map, which we include on the  relevant pages.



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