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A map of the British Isles takes an acid trip

In the face of overwhelming popular demand, the very bad British county map from French cartographers Delamarche (1858) referenced earlier:

Double click it, it is worth it.

And the South East in close up:

My own former county of Essex gets a particularly raw deal, although the cruciform shape of Leicestershire is novel, as is Bucks bordering Huntingdonshire.

There is nothing else quite so comically bad of the world well known to Europeans in this particular atlas, but I might offer up Africa later.


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Anonymous Elby The Beserk said... 12:39 pm

I quite like it in fact; as a Northerner, I never really saw the point of the South East anyway; I would also add that they are an ill-mannered bunch beneath that oh so smart Home Counties veneer.

Pack 'em all off to France say I!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:43 pm

EtB - Ma Croydonian hails from Cheshire, so I am not too Northernist meself.  

Blogger Nick Drew said... 12:58 pm

perhaps the lingering result of some subtle disinformation from the era of the Napoleonic Wars ?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:03 pm

Nick - could be. At the very least Second Empire administrators would have got very confused.  

Blogger Jay said... 1:44 pm

Newmarket's in Suffolk, not Cambs... mind you, they get the East Anglian borders all wrong anyway. Suffolk also seems to have lost Lowestoft to Norfolk...

Bet they can't pronounce Wymondham...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:53 pm

Jay - I dare say a few Britons would make a hash of it too.  

Anonymous formertory said... 2:33 pm

If tha's Cheshire stock, there's always Cholmondeley to confuse the French and other Suvverners.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:40 pm

Cheshire and London parental heritage, born in Surrey....

I think Ma C sounds pretty RP meself, but fellow north westerners generally twig, even though she left those parts in her youth.  

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