This Blog reflects my interest in maps and map-makers, more particularly the pioneering map-makers of the 18th Century of whom John Chapman is a noted example. It grew out of a dissertation I wrote for a degree at the University of Nottingham in 2013. You can explore the dissertation by following the link on the menu bar.

I am continuing my researches on Chapman and other surveyor/map-makers who were active in the British Isles in the 18th and early 19th Centuries. Posts will appear on the Blog as and when I have something to share.

Brian Williams





The Header images on  each Page are extracts from ‘Chapman’s Map of Nottinghamshire, 1774’ , reproduced with the kind permission of Nottingham Local Studies Library.


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  1. Dear Brian,
    Fascinating dissertation, thank you for sharing the information. I am interested in the economics of mapmaking and the influence of the Industrial Revolution(s).

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