"Rochester Inscrib'd to Sr. Thomas Palmer Bart. & Sr. Ion. Iennings Knt. Memrs. of Parlmt. for ye City", Harris, John
Subject: Rochester, Kent, England
Period: 1719 (circa)
Publication: History of Kent
Color: Black & White
32.2 x 14.6 inches
81.8 x 37.1 cm
This rare bird's-eye view of Rochester was drawn by Thomas Badeslade and engraved by John Harris. The city, bustling River Medway, and surrounding countryside filled with livestock are well depicted, with numerous locations named. Six profile views of buildings are shown at each side, depicting the famous Rochester Castle and Cathedral, the court hall, the market house, a hospital for Poor Travellers, and the Mathematik Free School. The Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest bishopric in England, after Canterbury, and the 11th century Castle boasts one of the best preserved stone towers in all of England. On two sheets, joined as issued.
Issued folding with light toning along right-hand fold, several creases adjacent to folds, and a couple of short fold separations just entering neatline. There are a some tiny tears and chips in blank margins.