Skip over navigation

NEN Gallery

NEN Gallery
Home / Culture and Heritage / Essex Record Office / Basildon Local History / 1622 Essex map
Asset 1 of 1 Previous Asset [ 1 ] Next Asset   [Slideshow]

1622 Essex map


640 x 507
2104 x 1668

Unique Id:


This item is saved in one of your albums. Click to remove it.. My Albums

This map is strangely empty. In 1622 there were far more towns than this in Essex. Is it more of a story map, linking places to important ideas shown as people? It seems to be almost a mythological map, with the towns shown as having spirits rising up from them.

Towns did disappear, for many reasons – agricultural practices changed throwing people out of work, coastlines changed flooding the land, or plagues killed large numbers of people. Other towns grew quickly, because of new opportunities for work and housing. 400 years ago it was easier to travel by boat than by road, and towns were often built where bridges crossed rivers and people could get goods on and off boats.

What can we infer from this map? Why have some of the women got small towns on their heads? What does it tell us about where people went and how they moved around and what they thought about the places?

26th Sep 2008

Art and Design, Geography, History

Key Stages:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

Basildon, local history, map, Essex, mythology

Related Links:

EXIF data:

National Education Network
Developed by E2BN for the National Education Network
E2B® and E2BN® are registered trade marks and trading names of East of England Broadband Network (Company Registration No. 04649057)