Thursday, April 28, 2011

When Berwick was ‘Barwick’

A detailed map of Berwick from the 17th century has been made available online to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first atlas of Britain.

The town plan, which is an inset in part of a map of the whole of Northumerland names Berwick as ‘Barwick’.

It was produced by John Speed, who was born in Farmdom, Cheshire in 1551.

Sixty years later his ‘Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine’ was published, the first time that comprehensive county maps were available in print.

Click here to read this article from the Berwick Advertiser