Old Map of Lancashire, 1654 by Joan Blaeu - Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackburn, Windermere
Old Map of Lancashire, 1654 by Joan Blaeu - Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackburn, Windermere
Old Map of Lancashire, 1654 by Joan Blaeu - Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackburn, Windermere
Old Map of Lancashire, 1654 by Joan Blaeu - Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackburn, Windermere
Old Map of Lancashire, 1654 by Joan Blaeu - Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackburn, Windermere
Old Map of Lancashire, 1654 by Joan Blaeu - Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackburn, Windermere
Old Map of Lancashire, 1654 by Joan Blaeu - Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackburn, Windermere
Old Map of Lancashire, 1654 by Joan Blaeu - Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackburn, Windermere

Old Map of Lancashire, 1654 by Joan Blaeu - Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackburn, Windermere

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This is an exceedingly rare, old full colour map of Lancashire created by master mapmaker Joan Blaeu from his workshop in Amsterdam and originally published in this Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Sive Atlas Novus in 1654.

Originally handcoloured almost 400 years ago, this is one of the finest examples of this map that I've ever seen.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (31x41cm), 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm) and 24x36 inches (61x91.5cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 37x50 inches (94x127cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (51x40.5cm) version of this map.

If you’re looking for something slightly different, another option would be this amazing map of the same area by John Speed in 1611.

Many of the towns, villages and cities in Lancashire are already visible in this map.

Most of Lancashire's most populous towns and cities have already popped into existence by the 1600s - with the notable exception of Blackpool, which was just a hamlet back then. It wouldn't become a major town until the 1800s and the invention of the railway.

The other odd thing to note is that both Manchester and Liverpool (then called Lerpoole) are both on this map as well. Back then they were part of the larger Lancashire Palatine area.

Some of the towns, villages and places clearly visible in this old map of the county of Lancashire include: Blackburn, Preston, Burnley, Lytham St Anne's, Leyland, Chorley, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Salford, Ormskirk and many more. But of course, many of them are spelt in their Early Modern English forms.

Towards the top of the map is Lake Windermere and Coniston Water (then Thurston Lake) in the Lake District.

Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your hometown! Feel free to message me if you want to confirm if a certain Lancashire town or village is on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone from Lancashire or someone who has Lancashire in their heart.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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