Friends of West Sussex Record Office map sale

An insight into the history of the county will be given by the Friends of the West Sussex Record Office this weekend.

A sale of a unique collection of maps, including a selection of reproduction historic maps of Sussex from the 250 Years of Making series, will be held on Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16.

Maps which were published in 1575 by Christopher Saxton, mapmaker to Elizabeth the 1st, are to be displayed, showing a spectacular view of 16th-century Sussex.

Others in the series, including the first large-scale map of Sussex, published in 1724 by Richard Budgen, will also be showcased, showing details of churches, houses, parks, fencing and early turnpikes, several of which can still be seen today.

All the maps available are unfolded for ease of framing.

There are also maps from the map making series priced at £1 each, OS maps at 30p each and OS map sheets dating from the 1930s to the 1970s of West Sussex and the Brighton area.

The sale will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the West Sussex Record Office, in Orchard Street, Chichester, for more information about the sale, ring 01243 753602.