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An Old Map of Kent by John Speed
A long coastline with numerous creeks and havens. In its history Kent’s close association with France and the Netherlands ensured that it was pre-eminent in both trade and defence. This importance was reflected in the creation of the Cinque Ports of Dover, Romney, Hythe and Sandwich in Kent and Hastings, Rye and Winchelsea in Sussex. Dover Castle was considered one of the lynch-pins of English defence. Kent was a favourite area for courtiers and government officials to set up home. Unfortunately this affluence also attracted highwaymen who frequented places like Shooters Hill on the outskirts of Blackheath, the area shortly to witness the demise of Trelawney’s army from Cornwall. The map features the important Coates of Armes of the time and also intricate town plans of Canterbury and Rochester.
Available in three sizes: Large: 24″ x 31″ (78.7 x 61cms) Medium: 18″ x 24″ (45.5 x 61cms) Small: 19.5″ x 14″ (49.5 x 35.5cms)