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I see that the map was engraved by Thomas Jefferys (c. 1719 – 1771), "Geographer to the King".  He was a noted engraver working on both sides of the Atlantic and specialising in maps.  See the Wikipedia article.  He also did the engravings for an encyclopaedia of which I have one of the four volumes: "A Society of Gentlemen. A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. The second edition, with Many additions, and Other improvements. Vol. 2 (D-K). 4 vols. London: W. Owen, 1763."  The originals are beautifully sharp and clear and as far as I can tell very accurate.

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Where these maps used by people as a guide to Sheffield, or were they just found in books about certain areas of the country? For example could you just buy the map itself back in 1771?

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On 24/12/2021 at 16:48, SteveHB said:

That's not very clear.

Images pinched from this site and posted on facebook tend to be crap, try this one 😁

1771.jpg

Thank you, that's much appreciated

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Sparse it may be but is it not fascinating to recognize the same street layout of 1771 that most members of this group have walked? Chapel Walk linking Fargate to Norfolk Street... Gosh! 😍

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Pepper Alley shown on the map has a remnant still surviving today alongside the Upper Chapel on Norfolk Street. The pictures show what's left today and as it looked like from Fargate.

 

 

 

Pepper Alley 1.JPG

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24 minutes ago, History dude said:

I wonder how many of the roads on the map had a solid surface in 1771?

If you study the photograph's of the road traffic in the 1850ish for me it’s seems that’s the roads look just like compacted dirt so would assume that the majority of the 1770 roads were the same but that’s just my opinion.

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