Northumberland Detail from an old map of Northumberland Old Town Plan of Newcastle

Northumberland – an old map by John Speed


An Old Map of Northumberland by John Speed

The Northumberland landscape spreads from the high country of the Pennines and Cheviots to the river area of the coastal plain. Newcastle was the most important and prosperous town of the area and is depicted in the top right part of the old map. There are many castles in Northumberland which were established as a defence on the border of the frontier with Scotland. The last major invasion from Scotland was in 1513 which was halted at Flodden field through the prompt action of Catherine of Aragon. Hadrian’s Wall is detailed as Picts Wall, still the more colloquial name. A fine example of John Speed’s early 17th Century UK maps.

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