Map PICTORIAL PLAN OF THE NORTH England
Artist/Illustrator: Drawn by Alfred E. Taylor.
Title: Pictorial Plan of The North.
Print Method: Lithographic.
Date of Publication/Production: circa 1932.
This is an original map from the date stated and not a later reproduction. A colourful and very attractive pictorial map which features a decorative cartouche and compass; a table of distances in miles. The map is suitable for mounting and framing. It shows a pictorial plan of the Roads in the north of England from Berwick, Carter Bar and Carlisle in the north; down to Chester, Buxton, Louth, Lincoln, in the South. It includes small coloured sketches of landmarks and architectural features of most of the larger towns mentioned along the road. Here are some of them (the words in brackets are little notations on the map):
Along the coast, Berwick upon Tweed - Holy Island or Lindisfarne - Bamburgh - Wooler - Chillingham - Alnwick - Alnmouth - Warworth - Amble - Ashington - Newbiggin - Blyth (here waiter take my sordid ore, which lackeys else might hope to win, it buys what courts have not in store, it buys me freedom at an inn - Shenston) - Whitley Bay - Tynemouth - South Shields - Jarrow - Sunderland - Seaham - Hartlepool - Redcar - Saltburn - Staithes - Runswick Bay - Sansend - Whitby - Robin Hoods Bay - Scarborough - Filey - Flamborough Head - Bridlington - Hornsea ("it is a nipping and an eager air - Hamlet") - Withernsea - Spurnhead - Saltend - New Holland - Great Grimsby - Cleethorpes - Mablethorpe - Sutton on Sea
On the west coasst - Rhyl - Hoylake - Liverpool - Birkenhead - Bootle - Formby (golf) - Southport - Lytham - St Annes on Sea - Blackpool - Fleetwood - Lancaster - Morcambe - Ulverstone - Furness Abbey - Barrow - Broughton - Millom - Ravenglass - St Bees - Whitehaven - Workington - Cockermouth - Maryport - Carlisle - Gretna Green
And some of the places inland are - Longtown - Haltwhistle - Roman Wall - Otterburn - Carter Bar - Flodden (Memorial of the Battle) - Rothbury - Morpeth - Belsay - Corbridge - Newcastle - Chester le Street - Durham - Bishop Auckland - Darlington - Richmond - Scotch Corner - Northallerton (Battle of the Standard fought here) - Thirsk - Byland Abbey - Boroughbridge - Ripon - Wetherby - tadcaster - York - Selby - Mark Weighton - Hull - Beverley - Goole - Brigg - Scawby - Gainsborough (here the river Trent has an eagre or tidal wave ) - Bawtry (home of the pilgrim fathers ) - East Retford - Lincoln
Chesterfield ("has a church with a twisted spire") - Worksop - Rotherham - Sheffield ("mechanic slaves with greasy aprons rules and hammers - Anthony & Cleopatra") - Iyam ("The plague heroes") - Buxton - Macclesfield - Northwich - Chester - Howarden - Mold - Warrignton - Altrincham - Salford - Stockport - Manchester - Oldham - Bolton - Bury - Wigan - Blackburn - Ackrington - Burnley - Halifax - Todmorden - Bradford - Leeds - Shipley - Otley ("The Chevin Druidical Remains") - Ilkley - Skipton - Bolton Abbey - Settle - Lancaster - Kirkby Lonsdale - Kendal - Sedbergh - Hawes - Aysgarth - Leyburn - Buttertubs Pass - Bowes - Kirkby Stephen - Shap - Appleby - Lake District with all the lakes named - Coldbeck ("John Peel Buried Here")
The inset of the Isle of Man shows the tourist trophy course (TT Motor Byke Race) and places mentioned include - Calf of Man - Port St Mary - Port Erin - Colby - Castletown - Ballasalla - Douglas - Oncher - Laxey - the Big Wheel - Maughold - Miel - Ramsey - Bride - Point of Ayre - Gurby - Ballaugh - Kirkmichael - Snafell - Ballig - Crosby - Foxdale - Peel - Dalby - Ballamodha.
Commissioned for the ESSO motor oil company this colourful series of pictorial plans remains curiously uncommon.
Beautifully drawn & coloured by Alfred E Taylor. Dotted around the map are various shields and crests of County Durham - Lancashire - The Isle of Man - Westmorland - Northumberland.
There is one inset of the Isle of Man.
There is also a table of distances from London.
The list is not necessarily exhaustive so if you are indeed looking for a particular place, feel free to confirm its presence with us.
There is a table titled Table of Distances - The Road from London listing various places. There are notation in the English Channel from William Shakespeare, William Blake, and Horace Smith.
Provenance: These maps were originally produced for Pratts Motor Oil Co. which was replaced by The Anglo American Oil Co. Ltd. (Esso) in the 1930s; Published by H. K. McCann Co. Ltd 109 Jermyn St London. Date estimated: 1932-36
Suitable for framing. It measures 385 x 285mm (15.25 x 11.25") plus borders, with an as published fold to the centre. It is in good condition with some age yellowing. It is blank on the reverse apart from titles. It originally would have been in an atlas, edge mounted so as to avoid damage to the map, and not stapled. The map will be packaged in a tube and sent Royal Mail Small Parcels. Postage and packing is charged at cost.
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