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Published: 24 August 2019

By Andy Ross

A tapestry of Oxfordshire

If you like tapestries and/ or maps head on over to The Bodeleian Libraries where one is being displayed.

"Known as the Sheldon Tapestry Map of Oxfordshire, this piece is one of four tapestry maps that were commissioned by landowner Ralph Sheldon in the 1590s for his home in Weston, Warwickshire. Together, they were designed to provide a view across central England, showing the counties where Sheldon’s family and friends held land. The tapestries were largely based on the county maps produced by Christopher Saxton in the 1570s, which were the very first county maps of England and Wales to be published." 

Conserving such things is a huge undertaking and luckily the library is providing staffing so visitors can find out more about the map. 

(With thanks to our contributor for sending in this link.)