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18th century

Bowen’s map of Suffolk, 1759 (SROI/MB1/Bowen).
Emanuel Bowen (1693/4-1767), engraver and map maker, was also Geographer to His Majesty George II and Louis XV of France. Bowen used the most recent surveys to compile and engrave a set of county maps for his large English Atlas, 1760.
Maps are a vital tool when looking at the development of a landscape and the record office holds one of the finest collections of Suffolk maps, including examples of hand drawn maps dating from the 1580s through to printed Ordnance Survey maps of the 21st century.

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