Stone’s Pictorial Map of Essex, Hertfordshire & Suffolk


A Map of Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk

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The Past As Pastime – Leisure Travel for Everyone

The title cartouche of this map of Essex, Hertfordshire & Sussex seems to be inspired by Golden Age Dutch maps: the county coats of arms are set within a border of local produce, including fruit, vegetables and seafood.

In common with other pictorial maps of this era, which were intended to encourage passengers to make extra journeys for leisure travel, the map is liberally peppered with antiquarian notes and anecdotes, once again inspired by some of the chattier early maps (Emanuel Bowen’s spring to mind, in a county context). The birthplaces of artists Gainsborough and Constable resonate today, but some figures would now (and then?) require more specialist knowledge. For example, Stone commemorates the births of Wilson Barrett, actor-manager (and co-founder of board game manufacturer Waddingtons) and the Gallipoli VC winner Charles Doughty-Wylie.

Some of the notes are a little vague. ‘Great quantities of Roman coins found near here’ (Hinxworth) is presumably a reference to a hoard of 500 silver coins discovered in 1876 by coprolite diggers – possibly an offering deposited at the confluence of two rivers. What are the ‘interesting old relics’ in Baldock parish church? Presumably a reference to brasses and effigies. It’s quite a smart way of encouraging people to make excursions off the usual tourist trails. Newmarket Races rate a mention, and among the customary bathers, boats and barges off the coast is a real ship, the British Railways passenger ferry SS Amsterdam, launched in 1950.

Different artists given the same brief were either directed or chose to highlight different aspects of the region (compare this map by Stone with Mary Camidge’s map of c. 1960, for example). Stone does not appear to have been a prolific designer of pictorial maps. The only other map of his I have handled is the Festival of Britain map of London which he designed for the News Chronicle.

Condition & Materials

Quad royal station map, approx 40 x 50 inches (this example 101 x 126.5 cm), printed in colours, light original folds, slight marginal staining, blank verso. Printed for British Railways (Eastern Region).


Stone’s Pictorial Map of Essex, Hertfordshire & Suffolk


British Railways (Eastern Region), STONE, Laurence


George Philip & Sons Ltd

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Printed Area Measurements

101 x 126.5 cm