Fonds RFM - The Raymond Frostick Map Collection

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The Raymond Frostick Map Collection


  • 1574-1945 (Creation)

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10 boxes

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(? 1931-2018)

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Mayor in 1976. City councillor since 1966. Chairman of Norfolk County Council in 1983-1984. Former chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich Marriage Guidance Council. Member of the council of University of East Anglia. Chairman of the Norfolk Area Health Authority.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 12 March 2013 (ACC 2012/337 numbered RFM 1, except RFM 1/1/1), 19 September 2013 (ACC 2013/204 numbered RFM 2), 13 March 2014 (ACC 2013/356 numbered RFM 1/1/1) and 5 April 2014 (ACC 2014/10 numbered RFM 3/1). Catalogued on 1 May 2014 (IRP).

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This is a major collection of maps of Norfolk charting nearly 300 years of the county's geographical history. It gives a fascinating insight into Norfolk and the surrounding area's history and the profession of cartography when taken as a whole. The collection includes extremely rare maps, most notably some unusual maps in the form of playing cards, the best examples of which were produced by William Redmayne in 1676 (RFM 1/20/2) and John Lenthall in around 1717 (RFM 1/24/2).

Maps by cartographers of Dutch or Flemish origin are included, demonstrating the significance of the trading relationship between the county and the Low Countries. The works of well-known English map-makers such as John Speed, Robert Morden and Emanuel Bowen are also well represented.

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1 Norfolk County
2 Additional Norfolk county maps and others of Norfolk and its region
3 Other

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