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This section includes some of the many maps, plans and charts of Hungerford and the surrounding area. They are shown in roughly chronological order. We are working to increase the number available on-line.

1086 - Domesday Manors
The map shows the local manors of Lewartone (Leverton), Eddevatone (Eddington), Daneford (Denford), Avintone (Avington), Ingleflot (Hungerford Engleford), Standene (Standen), Standone (North Standen) and Cerletone (Hopgrass and Charlton).
See also:
- Domesday Manors around Hungerford


c1200 - Savernake Forest at its Maximum
Regular "perambulations of the forest" were carried out to check the boundaries. This map shows Savernake Forest at its most extensive, c1200, stretching well to the east of Hungerford. The "King's Way" is clearly shown between Hungerford and Marlborough.
See also:
- Coaching
(From "Savernake Forest", P C Walwin, 1976)

Hungerford - Medieval Features
This plan shows the planned medieval town along High Street and Bridge Street, with the back lanes (now Prospect Road and Fairview Road). The site of the earlier village clustered around the church is shown stippled.
See also:
- Manorial History
- Simon de Montfort
- John of Gaunt
(From "Historic Towns in Berkshire: an  archaeological appraisal". Grenville G. Astill, 1978)


1610 John Speed
John Speed (1552-1629) published his atlas "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine" in 1610/11. It contained the first ever set of individual county maps of England and Wales. His Berkshire map is shown here.
See also:
- Zoomable digital reproduction of a 1611/12 proof of Speed's atlas held at Cambridge University Library


1636 "Saxton"
In 1570 Christopher Saxton (c1543-c1612) began a survey of the whole of England and Wales on the commission of Lord Burghley. This was a significant undertaking at the time, and yet by 1574 the  first plates had been engraved and in 1578 the survey was complete. The  maps produced set the standard for cartographers to follow, and base  their own maps on, for hundreds of years to follow. In the early 1600s Campden's 'Brittania' was published with individual  county maps. William Hole and William Kip re-engraved Saxton's maps at a reduced size for this edition and on most of these maps Saxton is given credit in the title. The map shown here is dated 1636, about 25 years after Saxton's death.

1670 Ogilby - London-Bath Road (showing Thatcham to Marlborough section)


1716 Ogilby - Oxford-Salisbury Road


1722 - Robert Morden (Berkshire)
Robert Morden (c1650-1703) was among the first successful commercial map makers.
Between about 1675 and his death in 1703, he was based under the sign of the Atlas at premises in Cornhill and New Cheapside, London. His cartographical output was large and varied. His best known maps are those of South  Wales, North Wales and the English Counties first published in a new  edition of Camden's "Britannia" in 1695, and subsequently reissued in 1722, 1753 and 1772. These maps  were based on new information from gentlemen of each county, and were  newly engraved. Each had a decorated cartouche, and showed numerous place names. Morden also produced in 1701 a series of smaller county maps often known as Miniature Mordens.

c1750 - The Old &  Great Market Road from Hungerford to Newbury (Western part)
This simple hand-drawn sketch shows a schematic depiction of Hungerford (with buildings along High Street, Charnham Street and Church Street), Denford, Avington and Kintbury. Most importantly it shows "The old & Great Market Road from Hungerford to Newbury". It is thought to date from c1750. Only the western half is shown here.

1750 - Charnham Street


1756 Emanuel Bowen
Emanuel Bowen (1714-1767) had the high distinction to be named Royal  Mapmaker to both to King George II of England and Louis XV of France.  Based in London from 1714 onwards, Bowen was highly regarded for  producing some of the largest, most detailed, most accurate and most  attractive maps of his era. Shown here is his Berkshire map, dated 1756.


1761 - John Rocque
John Rocque (c1709-1762) is now mainly remembered for his map of London. He began work  on this in 1737 and it was published in 24 printed sheets in 1747. It  was by far the most detailed map of London published up to that time,  and remains an important historical resource. The map of London and his other maps brought him an appointment as cartographer to the Prince of Wales in 1751.

A fire in 1750 destroyed his premises and stock, but by 1753 he was employing ten draughtsmen, and The Small British Atlas: Being a New set of Maps of all the Counties of England and Wales appeared. There was a second edition in 1762.

Shown here is part of his edition of Berkshire dated 1761.


1768 - John Willis




1792 Robertson Road from London to Bath - Plate 7


1794 - William Francis
The map of Hungerford by William Francis, 1794, is one of the great treasures of the town. In the mid 20th century it was in the hands of Harry Giles, local carrier, who passed it to Dr & Mrs Kennedy. In the 1970s they passed it to the Town and Manor.

It shows great detail about the town at the time.

Part only is currently shown here.


1819 - Enclosure Award Map


1882 OS


Other Miscellaneous maps and plans:

- Great Road from London to Bath and Bristol, c1800
- Hopgrass Marsh and Honey Furlong, c1822
- Properties attracting Commoners' Rights in Town & Manor of Hungerford
- 1961 OS Hungerford area

Domesday Map(w)
Savernake Maximum(a)(w)
1610 Berkshire John Speede(aw)
1636 Berkshire Saxton(w)
1670 Ogilby(w)
1719 Ogilby Oxford-Salisbury(w)
1722 Berkshire Robert Morden(w)
1750 Old and Great Market Road(w)
1750 Charnham Street Map(w)
1756 Berkshire Emanuel Bowen(w)
1761 John Rocque(w)
1768 John Willis(w)
1773 Hop Cross(w)
1792 Robertson London-Bath(w)
1794 Francis (part)w
1819 Enclosure-01w
1819 Enclosure-02w
1882 OS(w)

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Updated: 4.7.2012

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