The earliest maps of the local area date to the mid 1500s. Historically, Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford were part of the County of Essex not London. This was the case until 1965, when the current 32 London boroughs, including Redbridge were created.
In 1570 Christopher Saxon began a survey of the whole of England and Wales on the commission of Lord Burghley, the chief adviser to Queen Elizabeth I.
This was a significant undertaking at the time, and yet by 1577 the survey was complete. Christopher Saxon engraved 35 maps that were produced in the Atlas of the Counties of England and Wales and published in 1579, the first atlas of any country.
Map Title – Mapping Redbridge
Associated Dates – Essex 1576
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Post Author: A. Deo