Old Map of Devon by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Paignton, and Barnstaple
Old Map of Devon by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Paignton, and Barnstaple

Old Map of Devon by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Paignton, and Barnstaple

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Experience a journey into the past with this exquisite 1844 map of Devonshire by renowned cartographer Samuel Lewis. This stunning relic from the Victorian era is steeped in the rich history of the county, revealing its settlements, geographical features, and historical events. From the bustling cities of Exeter and Plymouth to the picturesque towns along the River Dart, the map paints a vivid picture of Devon's landscape nearly two centuries ago. A treasure for history buffs, cartography enthusiasts, and Devonians alike, it provides a fascinating glimpse into a time when the county's modern cities were either in their infancy or yet to be founded, and some locations might exist under their earlier names.

What makes this map truly remarkable is not just the depth and detail with which it depicts Devonshire, but also its historical significance. Dating back to the mid-19th century, this authentic document offers a snapshot of Devon's settlements and geographical landmarks as they existed prior to significant urban expansion and industrial development. In an age before satellite imagery and GPS technology, Lewis's map is an impressive feat of cartography that faithfully captures Devon's intricate geographical details and vast array of settlements.

Settlements included on this map, ordered by modern day population size:

  • Exeter (founded as a Roman fort in AD 55) - Known for its stunning cathedral and rich history.
  • Plymouth (founded 1254) - Historic seafaring city and departure point of the Mayflower.
  • Torquay (founded 1196) - Famed for its stunning coastline, known as the English Riviera.
  • Paignton (records date back to 1086) - A seaside town noted for its zoo and beachfront.
  • Barnstaple (founded 930) - The oldest borough in the United Kingdom.
  • Newton Abbot (records date back to 1246) - Known for its annual cheese and onion fair.
  • Tiverton (founded in the 7th century) - Notable for its historical wool trade.
  • Bideford (founded 1272) - Historic port town.
  • Exmouth (early references in 12th century) - Known for its seafront and marina.
  • Sidmouth (founded before 1086) - A town famous for its Regency architecture.
  • Ilfracombe (mentioned in records in 1086) - A seaside resort and harbour.
  • Teignmouth (founded before 1044) - Known for its historic port.
  • Tavistock (chartered in 1105) - The birthplace of Sir Francis Drake.
  • Dawlish (referred to in Domesday book of 1086) - A traditional seaside resort.
  • Crediton (founded pre 909) - The historical seat of the first Bishops of Devon.
  • Cullompton (settled prehistoric times, town established by 9th century) - Noted for its historic market.
  • Totnes (founded pre 907) - Known for its Norman castle.
  • Brixham (mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086) - A fishing town with a rich maritime history.
  • Honiton (founded pre Roman times) - Renowned for its lace making.
  • Kingsbridge (first recorded in 962) - Located in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Ivybridge (referred to in documents from 1280) - Known for its paper mills and the beautiful Ivy Bridge.
  • Great Torrington (chartered 1340) - Known for its historic connections to the English Civil War.
  • Dartmouth (founded pre 12th century) - Known for Dartmouth Castle and its picturesque harbour.
  • Ashburton (first recorded 1086) - Ancient stannary town located within Dartmoor National Park.
  • Buckfastleigh (referred to in Domesday Book of 1086) - Noted for its historic woollen mill industry.
  • Chudleigh (chartered in 1309) - Famous for the Great Fire of Chudleigh in 1807.
  • Salcombe (recorded in 1244) - Known for its watersports and as a yachting haven.
  • Beer (founded pre-Roman) - Noted for its picturesque cliffs and Quarry Caves.
  • Ottery St Mary (referred to in Domesday Book of 1086) - Known for its 'Tar Barrels' tradition.
  • Budleigh Salterton (noted in Domesday Book of 1086) - A quaint coastal town known for its pebble beach.

Notable boundaries, rivers, canyons, national parks, and natural phenomena within Devonshire:

  • Dartmoor National Park: Known for its moorlands, granite hilltops, and prehistoric sites.
  • Exmoor National Park: Famous for its rugged coastline and heather moorlands.
  • The Jurassic Coast: A World Heritage Site known for its cliffs and fossil sites.
  • River Exe: A major river that flows through the heart of Devon.
  • River Dart: Known for its scenic beauty and Dartmouth, its estuary town.

Historical events between 1800 and 1850:

  • The opening of the historic Plymouth Dockyard in 1824, a major catalyst for the town's growth.
  • The construction of the Tamar Bridge linking Devon to Cornwall in 1859.
  • The arrival of the railway in Devon in 1844, which greatly enhanced communication and trade.

So, whether you're a history enthusiast or a lover of Devon, this map provides an exciting and insightful exploration into the past of this remarkable county.

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