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Reading in 1610
 
   
Reading in 1610
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Brief Description: Reproduction of Speed's Map of Reading, 1610
Subject Date: 1610
Creator: John Speed
 
Full Description: John Speed's fascinating map of 1610 is the first map of Reading. It shows a town which was probably the same size and triangular shape as it had been in the fourteenth century. Indeed, it remained little changed throughout the eighteenth century. In the early nineteenth century houses began to spread westwards, along the Oxford Road and then, after the King's Road had been built, eastwards. The abbey ruins can be clearly seen in the top-right corner of Speed's map and appear, at this date, to be still quite substantial. Market Place - the commercial hub of the town - had been moved to just outside the gates of the abbey when it was founded in the twelfth century. Originally the market had been near to St Mary's church, which had been at the heart of of Anglo-Saxon Reading. Interestingly Speed labels the street running by St Mary's (number 11 on his key) as 'Old Streate'.
 
Collection: Reading Museum Service
Place: Reading, Berkshire
Subject: environment <maps>
Name Subject: John Speed
Content Type: map
Location: Reading Museum Service
Local Ref: REDMG : 1931.25.1
Unique ID: rm-rm-1931_25_1~s0406035-i-00-000.tif
IPR: Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service)
 
 
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