Original Sat Nav?
This piece originated with research into 17th Century maps. In 1675 John Ogilby published 100 plates mapping journeys throughout the British Isles in what has become known as first British road atlas. Each plate depicted a journey as a straight line and included landmarks, inns and notes to help travellers find their way. These maps fascinated me instantly as they aren’t just the first road atlas – they are almost the first Sat Navs.
In this piece, I’ve followed John Ogilby’s principles, but used existing maps to piece together a straight line journey across the sea to and into France – all the way to Chartres, near Paris. Home to one of the most beautiful medieval labyrinths on the floor of its cathedral, Chartres is a city I’d love to visit again soon.
999 Miles – Day 1
This route is also the first part of the 999 mile journey from my home in Dorset to Venice. I’ll hopefully be making the trip and documenting the route ‘en route’ in 2016-17.
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