John Speed Maps

Downside Monastery Library is delighted to announce that our collection of John Speed maps is now available to purchase as high resolution digital images. 

John Speed is arguably one of the most famous cartographers in history, and we are lucky enough to hold a number of original maps from his Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain 1676. This volume was first printed in 1611 and 1612, and was seen as the most comprehensive atlas of Great Britain at the time. It features the first set of individual county maps of England, Wales and Ireland with some detailed town plans. 

Downside Library is now offering the chance to purchase high resolution images of these maps for £15 each as part of our reprographic services. A full list of available maps is listed below:

  1. Frontispiece
  2. The World
  3. Saxon Britain
  4. England
  5. Wales
  6. Anglesey
  7. Bedfordshire
  8. Berkshire
  9. Brecknockshire
  10. Buckinghamshire
  11. Caernarvonshire
  12. Cambridgeshire
  13. Cardiganshire
  14. Carmarthenshire
  15. Cheshire
  16. Connaught
  17. Cornwall
  18. Cumberland
  19. Denbighshire
  20. Derbyshire
  21. Devonshire
  22. Dorsetshire
  23. Durham
  24. Essex
  25. Flintshire
  26. Glamorganshire
  27. Gloucestershire
  28. Hampshire
  29. Herefordshire
  30. Hertfordshire
  31. Huntingdonshire
  32. Islands of Gurnsey, Jersey,
  33. Farne, Holy Island
  34. Isle of Man
  35. Kent
  36. Lancashire
  37. Leinster
  38. Leicestershire
  39. Lincolnshire
  40. Merionithshire
  41. Middlesex
  42. Monmouthshire
  43. Montgomeryshire
  44. Munster
  45. Norfolk
  46. Northamptonshire
  47. Northumberland
  48. Nottinghamshire
  49. Oxfordshire
  50. Pembrokeshire
  51. Radnorshire
  52. Rutland
  53. Shropshire
  54. Somersetshire
  55. Staffordshire
  56. Suffolk
  57. Surrey
  58. Sussex
  59. Ulster
  60. Warwickshire
  61. Westmorland
  62. Wiltshire
  63. Worcestershire
  64. Yorkshire
  65. N&E Ridings
  66. West Riding
  67. America
  68. Virginia and Maryland
  69. New England and New York
  70. Carolina

To purchase your image email us here. Below are low resolution images of Connaught, Devon, England, New England and New York, Wiltshire and Nottingham.