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Ogilby's London to Islip

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Ogilby's London to Islip

Date of publication:

  • 1698
  • Place of publication:


  • modern
  • Mapmaker:

  • John Ogilby
  • Our journey to Aberystwyth begins in London and follows the road northwest, past Tiburn and Hyde Park, through Camden and Acton, and via Beaconsfield and High Wickham as far as Islip in Oxfordshire, with a detour to Oxford itself.

    Thousands of miles of roads were surveyed for the project, smaller towns appeared in detail for the first time, and it was largely thanks to John Ogilby’s influence that the Statute Mile was set at 1760 yards.  Read more

    Ogilby devised the project late in life. Ogilby’s modern biographer, Alan Ereira, explores Ogilby's  earlier incarnations as a dancing master, soldier, spy, theatre impresario and translator, through which Ogilby survived the turbulent 17th century. Ereira also presents a provocative new reading of Ogilby's innovative and beautiful road atlas as a work of royalist propaganda - even expressed through the routes which he chose to include or emphasise.

    Condition & Materials

    Copper engraving, printed area 31.5 x 45 cm, modern hand colour, restoration to left hand margin, blank verso; published as sheet 1 in the 1698 folio edition of Ogilby’s pioneering road atlas, the ‘Britannia’. Read less