Old map of Derbyshire
Old map of Derbyshire Detail from an old map of Derbyshire 1645 Detail from an old map of Derbyshire 1645

Derbyshire – 1645


Old Map of Derbyshire 1645 engraved and published by William Blaeu Circa 1645

Whilst other counties in the 1645 series can boast great sieges or battles, Derbyshire in comparison is a relatively quiet county. Nevertheless, it was pivotal for both the Royalist and Parliamentarian armies as its central location meant garrisons placed here were often used for the resupplying of men and weapons. Garrisons were placed at key strategic locations such as Bolsover Castle, Winfield, Chatsworth and Tissington. Following his defeat at Naseby King Charles retreat took him through Derbyshire, engaging in small skirmishes on his way to Doncaster.  

By purchasing this map of Derbyshire at such a fascinating time in the county’s history you can track the movements of the opposing factions as they battle and siege their way into the history books. This map is also one of a series of maps created by the Dutch Blaeu firm of Amsterdam. Other maps in the series, available to purchase include Cheshire 1645 and East Anglia 1645.

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Available in two sizes: Large: 24″ x 31″ (61 x 78.7cms)   Medium: 18″ x 24″ (45.5 x 61cms) 


Willem Blau was a Dutch cartographer, atlas maker and publisher. Born in Alkmaar, North Holland, Blaeu was the son of a fisherman who was supposed to continue the family trade, but instead, having a better head for mathematics and astronomy began a very successful cartography business which was then handed over to his sons Johannes and Cornelius upon his death in 1638. The sons continued to develop the business, publishing atlases and maps for numerous clients. This map of 1645 would most likely have been produced by Johannes the eldest son who died in 1673, a year after the Great Fire of Amsterdam which destroyed the building and printing plates.

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