Old Mao of Suffolk
Old Mao of Suffolk Detail from an old map of Suffolk Old Town Plan of Ipswich

Suffolk – an old map by John Speed


An Old Map of Suffolk by John Speed

A prosperous county: as John Speede noted “most plenteous and pleasant for habitation – the extent of the counties commerce can be seen in the size and number of its ports, the greatest of which is Ipswich.” Despite its richness Suffolk did not have a ready supply of good building stone and relied on timber framed and plastered houses, finished (as today) with colour washes and thatched roofs. Parish churches and other prestigious buildings were built from local flint, knapped and set in patterns stone meant that the county was one of the first to use brick as a building material. Brick and flint buildings are still a feature of modern Suffolk. Lavishely illustrated, this old map of Suffolk includes a town plan of Ipswich, many coates of arms and is surely one of the most attractive from our collection of historical old maps. 

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