Maps of Hertfordshire

John Oliver's map of

In 1695 John Oliver published a map which was probably redrawn from his original survey notes, but shows some differences of detail and emphasis compared with the Palmer map. The map is reproduced in the book Four County Maps of Hertfordshire at a scale of approximately 2.25 inches to the mile. It is also reproduced at a much smaller scale, but in colour, in County Maps & Histories: Hertfordshire. More information about the map is given in Printed Maps of Hertfordshire.

For the parish of Sandridge the map shows: Sandrig, Sandridg Bury, Noemans Land

The map also has "An Alphabetical Table of the Nobility and Gentry in the County of Hertford with a particular reference for the ready finding their respective Seats, or Places of Residence, by the Map." As an example the following names are listed in the table under "E":

Earbury William of Bourn End, Gent,

H 1 2

Edmunds, Joseph of Cumberlow, Esq

C 9

Eeles Luke of Wellwyn M.D.

F 8

Elwes Robert of Throcking House, Esq

C 10

Emerton Thomas of Nothcott Hill, Esq

G 2

Emerton Richard of Mackrey End, Esq

F 6

Emerton William of Northmimms, Esq

H 7

Emerton Thomas of Northmimms, Esq

H 7

Etike John of Weston, Clericus

C 8

Evans Thomas of Kings Langley, Clericus

H 4

It is interesting to note that while there was a key along the lines of many modern street maps for finding where the gentry lived there was no similar key for finding villages, etc. The map also comes with "An Account of all the Roads" and this often mentions places which are not on the map. For instance the route from Barkhamsted (Berkhamsted) to Hemelhempsted (Hemel Hempstead) goes via Barkhamsted Heath (marked as The Heath), Martin's Pond (not marked - but could this be the pond still present on the Green at Potten End) and Berry Mill-end (With the coming of Hemel Hempstead "New Town" in the mid 19th century this is now the roundabout where Queensway joins the Leighton Buzzard Road). It is interesting to note that the recommended route is over the hills and not along the valley via Bourn-end (Bourne End) and Boxmore (Boxmoor).