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Surveyed in 1750 by Isaac Taylor and published in 1798, this map of Wolverhampton will be sold at Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones’ 10th Sept Fine Art Sale

18th Century map offers a glimpse of Wolverhampton past...

An 18th Century map of Wolverhampton gives an intriguing insight into what the city would have been like when it was a busy Staffordshire town of just 1440 houses and 7454 inhabitants. Likely to be of interest to anyone familiar with the now thriving, cosmopolitan West Midlands city, the map is due to be auctioned at Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones’ Friday, 8th October Collectors’ Sale.

Originally published in a book by the Rev. Stebbing Shaw in 1798 the map was later removed; a common practice during the Victorian era and early 20th Century when antique maps were popularly mounted and framed. Surveyed in 1750 by Isaac Taylor the map depicts the town clearly; the centre being High Green, which was renamed Queen Square after Queen Victoria’s 1866 visit.

Highlights include a large figured title cartouche and inset views of ‘The south prospect of the collegiate Church of St. Peters’ and ‘A front view of the school’. In addition, a descriptive panel provides a fascinating contemporary insight into a pivotal point in history; over the fifty years that followed the town’s population would swell to in excess of 12,500 as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace.

Ben Gamble, Head Auctioneer and MD at Cuttlestones, says:

I love this item – it provides a real snapshot of local history, capturing Wolverhampton at a transitional point just before it started the rapid growth that continued through the Victorian era and into the 20th Century. It was a time when the town was still very much focused on its traditional wool trade – a stark contrast to the heavy industries of coal and iron mining and manufacture that, while already established, really took off in the latter half of the 18th Century and drew in workers from the surrounding towns and villages.

Naturally, we’re expecting plenty of local interest in this piece but also anticipate that international map collectors could be tempted by it.”

The map will come under the hammer at Cuttlestones’ next Collectors’ Sale, from 10am on Friday, 8th October 2010. If you are unable to attend the auction but are interested in bidding on the map, live internet bidding via www.the-saleroom.com, commission and telephone bidding options are available.

Commissions are still being taken for the Collectors’ Sale, which already has a host of local interest, militaria and other lots of interest to collectors. If you’re interested in getting a valuation with a view to sale, visit www.cuttlestones.co.uk or call 01785 714905 for further details.


Charlotte at Squash PR & Marketing

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