Appendix 5: Suggestions for Further Work

Inevitably there remain unanswered questions in respect of the Nottinghamshire map and specific suggestions for further research are set out below. The principal resource for this research is likely to be diaries and correspondence in the Nottinghamshire archives and newspapers.

1 The connection between Richard Kaye and John Chapman and the circumstances surrounding Chapman being selected to produce the map of Nottinghamshire,
2 The conduct of Chapman’s geodetic and topographical survey of Nottinghamshire.
3 An evaluation of the topographical accuracy of Chapman’s Map of Nottinghamshire 1774.
4 The subscription list for the Nottinghamshire map.
5 The ownership of the Nottinghamshire map and the uses to which it was put.

 

Researching the dissertation prompted questions in relation to other aspects of mapping in Nottinghamshire and ideas for further research:

6 The history of land surveying in Nottinghamshire.
7 The role of estate maps in the development of the landed estates of Nottinghamshire in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

 

John Chapman remains a shadowy and enigmatic figure and many questions still remain and merit further research:

8 How did Chapman acquire the skills of a surveyor and engraver?
9 How did Chapman become involved in county surveys and mapping: Durham, Derbyshire, Essex, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire?
10 What can be discovered about Chapman’s career as an engraver and his involvement with other engravers and print-makers in London?

 

In his 1976 article Paul Laxton noted that:

The author is collaborating with Dr J.B. Harley in work on the development of large-scale county mapping in the British Isles ca. 1750-1800, which as well as tracing the history of each map will appraise the usefulness of the whole output of private regional map making in this period …’ (1976 p.52 Note 3).

For whatever reason nothing of this scope was ever published and Laxton is now retired. Although other studies of individual maps have since been produced a general survey remains outstanding.

In a letter to Stuart Mason in 1978 (ERO) J.B. Harley referred to research being carried out by the historian of cartography, Donald Hodson who was:

‘… searching the eighteenth-century London newspapers and is turning up a great deal of completely new material on large-scale surveys – both abortive and actually published. He has reached 1760 at present …’ (ERO).

A search on Worldcat and the index for Imago Mundi did not identify any publications relevant to 18th century newspapers or the large-scale surveys. In the same letter Harley expressed the view that:

‘… the London and provincial newspapers … are probably the last great systematic source to be combed for the large-scale county maps of the eighteenth century …’ (ERO).

Research into this resource remains outstanding.

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