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Langdon, Thomas and Henry Wilcocke
THREE MANUSCRIPT ESTATE MAPS OF THE PARISH OF OVERTON, HAMPSHIRE COMMISSIONED BY CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, OXFORD. (C. 1615)
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Langdon, Thomas and Henry Wilcocke
THREE MANUSCRIPT ESTATE MAPS OF THE PARISH OF OVERTON, HAMPSHIRE COMMISSIONED BY CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, OXFORD. (C. 1615)
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10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 26,250 GBP
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Langdon, Thomas and Henry Wilcocke
THREE MANUSCRIPT ESTATE MAPS OF THE PARISH OF OVERTON, HAMPSHIRE COMMISSIONED BY CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, OXFORD. (C. 1615)
i. '"The description of the Downe and parcelles of wood decayed lieinge in Polamton…in the parishe of Overton… drawne in June Ano dni ibis by Thomas Langdon and Henry Wilcocke", 462 x 642mm., illuminated with a Coat of Arms depicting the keys of St Peter crossed with St Paul's sword and a pelican (all features of the arms of Corpus Christi College, Oxford), and compass rose
ii. "The description of certaine lands in the tithing of Polamton and Quidhmton in the parishe of Overton and in the Countie of Southampton. belonging to the president and schollors of Corpus Christi Colledge Oxon…", 460 x 643mm., with coloured compass rose
iii. Three maps on one sheet, comprising "The description of certeine arable groundes lieinge in Ravenhill Northe Ravenfield and in the northe parte of Sheephouse fielde in the tithing of Southampton in the parishe of Overton…"; "The description of certeine parcelles of arable lande called the breache lieinge in the Southe Fielde of Southamton…"; and "The description of certeine arable lands lieinge in the weste fielde of Southamton…", 465 x 644mm., cardinal points added to border, small holes to centre margin

Together 3 double-page manuscript maps on vellum, with centre fold, each with elaborate cartouches, borders and embellishments in ink and colours, some heightening in gold


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Provenance

Commissioned by Corpus Christi College, Oxford in the early seventeenth century; transferred with the sale of the land to the Portal family in the mid-nineteenth century; thence by family descent

Literature

Waight, Stan. "The Hampshire lands of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and their management 1500-1650", Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society, vol. 51, 1995, pp. 167-185; [Idem] "Composite Freehold Estates of the postmedieval period in Hampshire", Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society. vol. 56, 2001, pp. 229-245

Catalogue Note

FINE AND DECORATIVE EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ESTATE MAPS, COMMISSIONED BY CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, OXFORD, ORIGINALLY FORMING PART OF THE "LANGDON MAPS".

Following a lawsuit over Corpus Christi's land in Kent, Thomas Langdon was commissioned to produce a set of surveys and maps of the college’s land, and was assisted by Henry Wilcocke in 1615 and 1616. The maps are particularly fine in their execution with elaborate coloured cartouches surrounding titles and scalebars. The decoration is both naturalistic (fruit, flowers, insects etc.) and ornamental (ribbons, tassels, patterns), and displays a considerable amount of detail about field patterns, roads, college and other tenants, and buildings. The maps have clearly been used for practical purposes since they were first drawn, as many include later pencil annotations. 

"They contain a wealth of finely-drawn detail, and their accuracy compares very well with those of the tithe commutation exercise and the 6” Ordnance Survey series drawn over 200 years later" (Waight).

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