Rudgwick in Maps

Local Maps from C17th to C20th century

For late 19th and 20th century maps see the next page.

We have been collecting maps for many years. The earliest are not very accurate, yet show how the mapmaker understood the area at the time. The first accurate maps date from Col Mudge’s surveys which led to the publication of the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey during the Napoleonic Wars. Updated later to include for example railway lines, these maps are not easy to date. Used until the 1870s, the plates became very worn. Since the 1870s, maps have become clearer, at a greater variety of scales. RPS understands that copyright on OS maps is for 50 years. All maps in this gallery were issued well before before1964.

The earliest map we have found to show Rudgwick clearly is Ogilby's London to Arundel strip route. still in use in the C18th, this is the clear Senex Edition of 1719.
1675, the earliest map we have found to show Rudgwick clearly is Ogilby’s London to Arundel strip route. Still in use in the C18th, this is the Senex Edition of 1719.
the 1724 Budgen map, 1 inch to 1 mile, showing only the south of the parish. one day we might find a more complete copy
1724 Budgen map, 1 inch to 1 mile, showing only the south of the parish, The Haven. One day we might find a more complete copy
1740s, Overton & Bowles Map is nearly identical to Bowen's
1740, Overton & Bowles Map is nearly identical to Bowen’s, but the printing is less clean. many C18th maps mistake Tismans Common  for Christmas Common – must be the dialect!
1749, Bowen's map extract shows only the east of the parish, Rowhook and Stane Street
1749, Bowen’s map extract shows only the east of the parish, Rowhook and Stane Street
Our favourite map, 1777, by Andrews and Drury, a rare map, fascinating for its inaccuracies as well as its detail. uses hachuring for slopes to good effect.
1777, our favourite map, by Andrews and Drury. A rare map, fascinating for its inaccuracies as well as its detail. Uses hachuring for slopes to good effect.
1795, Yeakell & Gardner's map is an attempt to show fields but not accurately. Limited hachuring. Spelling is improving. Roads are more accurately shown.
1795, Yeakell & Gardner’s map is an attempt to show fields but not accurately. Limited hachuring. Spelling is improving. Roads are more accurately shown.
c1800, Mudge's survey for the Board of Ordnance, forerunner of the Ordnance Survey. Mudge began his mammoth 1 inch to 1 mile work 10 years earlier. Sussex was completed and on sale by 1795.
c1800, Mudge’s survey for the Board of Ordnance, forerunner of the Ordnance Survey. Mudge began his mammoth 1 inch to 1 mile work 10 years earlier. Sussex was completed and on sale by 1795. This map was created/dated by Alan Siney for RPS
the same map as above, enlarged to show Rudgwick Street and the road to Horsham before the 1809 turnpike
The same map as above, enlarged to show Rudgwick Street and the road to Horsham before the 1809 turnpike was added
Sheet 87, Brighton
Rudgwick North, extract from Sheet 79, Dorking and Kingston, 1st Ed OS map, on a very worn plate, and never updated to show railways! But it does show the Surrey section of the turnpike to Alfold Crossways.
Rudgwick North, Extract from Sheet 79, Dorking and Kingston, 1st Ed OS map, on a very worn plate, and never updated to show railways!
Rudgwick South, extract from Sheet 87, Brighton, 1st Ed OS map, a better plate updated with railways, including Rudgwick. Bizarrely, has not been updated to show the turnpike to Horsham in Rudgwick!
1823-5, Greenwood's map shows accurate detail based on Mudge's survey, and has the Rudgwick turnpike to the east, but not to the west of Bucks Green
1823-5, Greenwood’s map shows accurate detail based on Mudge’s survey, and has the Rudgwick turnpike to the east, but not to the west of Bucks Green

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