The layout of our book is taking shape as we near completion of our project. So what has been discovered of the past four years?
It is surprising how much has been written about our village in days gone by. Census records have come up with surprising facts and figures. Newspaper reports contain interesting stories of our predecessors, also details of when houses and land were bought and sold.
Modern day cartographers are able to overlay old maps onto modern maps to show if boundaries have changed. Basically the layout of our village remains the same. The original map is extremely accurate.
So what of the man who was commissioned by The Governors of Charterhouse to compile the original map in 1617? Thomas Langdon was a Tudor cartographer and Oxford University alumni. Five sheets comprise the map (some damaged). They are beautifully decorated. Thomas was paid twenty pounds for his work.