Ref: Cary005, 1787, John Cary
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An antique county map of Suffolk first published c.1787, republished 2018. John Cary (1754 - 1835) was an English cartographer, engraver and map seller prominent in London during the late 18th century and early 19th century. Originally produced using copper plates, and fine engraving, Cary's maps are highly detailed and easily readable. Villages, towns, and cities labelled include Halesworth, Southwold, Framlingham, Ipswich, and Mildenhall.
Suffolk is a maritime county, which gives the the title of Earl to the family of Howard; and, during the Saxon heptarchy, belonged to the kingdom of the East Angles; it is now in the province of Canterbury, diocese of Norwich, and is included in the Norfolk circuit. It is 55 miles long, 35 broad, and 230 miles in circumference; containing 1460 square miles, or 984,400 square acres, divided into 22 hundreds, 575 parishes, 95 vicarages, 1550 villages, and 30 market-towns, viz. Ipswich, the county town, which send 2 members to parliament, and gives the title of Viscount to the family of Fitzroy; Bury, which sends 2 members to parliament, and gives the title of Viscount to the family of Keppel; Sudbury, which sends 2 members to parliament, and gives the title of Baron to the family of Fitzroy; Oxford, which gives the title of Earl to the family of Walpole; Brandon, which gives the title of Duke to the family of Hamilton; Eye, which sends 2 members to parliament, and gives the title of Baron to the family of Cornwallis; Ickworth, which gives the title of Baron to the family of Harvey; Alborough, which sends 2 members to parliament; Dunwich, which also sends 2 members to parliament; Clare, Leostoff, Woodbridge, Bilston, Southwold, Budesdale, Bungay, Beccles, Hadley, Stowmarket, Debenham, Halesworth, Lavenham, Mendlesham,Mildenhall, Needham, Saxmundham, Woolpit, Neyland, Framlingham, and part of Haverill; among the villages, Ashfield gives the title of Baron to the family of Thurlow; Bolebrook, the same honour to the family of Germaine; Euston, that of Earl to the family of Fitzroy; Houghton, that of Baron to the Walpole family; and Suffield, the same dignity to the family of Harboard. The prinicipal rivers are the litte Oufe, Waveney, Blythe, Ore, Stour, Berton, Orwel, Deben, and Ald. It produces corn, cattle, rye, hemp, cheese, salt, excellent butter, game in great plenty of all kinds, fish of every sort, timber, wood, manufactories of bone-lace, woollen goods, fine, and coarse, and carries an extensive commerce to Holland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Prussia, etc. It fends 16 members to parliament, 2 for the county, and 14 for the different boroughs, as above shown; pays 20 parts of the land-tax, and provides 960 men to the national militia. On it's coast are Leostoff Point, Easton Easton Ness, Orford Ness, Burgh Castle, with Sowl Bay, Mismere, Orford,Baudsey and Orwell Havens, with Alborough Harbour. The most noted places are Angel Hill, Slaughden Valley, feveral Woods, and Stour Meer. - as published c.1787