The Tuesday Inspiration: A sense of distance

by Helen Hooker January. 29, 2013 4388 views

It occurred to me this morning that one of the best ways of judging whether a place is TI or a long way off is to use a map. My initial idea was to use one of the modern maps we have at home but as I walked past the library in Chichester I realised they may have a far more interesting old one I could shoot instead. I found this copy of a map of the city, created by John Speed in 1610, in the reference library and took a few sneaky photos of it while no one was looking. As a long time resident of Chichester I find it fascinating to see how the route of the River Lavant has been artificially altered over the centuries. In this old map the river can clearly be seen running above ground, around the south of the city walls and out towards the west. However, a seventeenth century time traveller visiting Chichester today would struggle to find the river at all in some places as it has been diverted through Victorian culverts which run directly underneath the city.

Thanks to Jill [] for setting today??s theme. Last Tuesday??s theme was ??sky??. The other interpretations of this week??s theme can be found here [].

The ??Tuesday Inspiration? began in 2009 when Stéfan [] and I started setting each other a photographic challenge on a? Tuesday. Very soon afterwards, we decided to open this up to other PB members, followed by the idea that we should not reveal what the subject is, so that other members could compare how different members view a single theme. The Tuesday Inspiration is not a contest or a challenge, but a group of people all agreeing to post their interpretation of a single theme on Tuesdays. Each week, one of the contributors sets the theme. There are now over 40 members contributing to the TI. We have only two ??rules?: don??t include the subject in the TI title or tags and please comply with standard PB guidelines on courtesy, etc. If you would like to take part, please send me a message via this blog.

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Moira 7 years, 9 months ago

That was an original idea for the TI, I love these old maps

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Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 9 months ago

Clever and very good!!

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David 7 years, 10 months ago

Priceless. Maps they always have a story to tell.

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Pete 7 years, 10 months ago

refreshing take on the theme

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jacki 7 years, 10 months ago

Nice! I love hand drawn maps like this one!

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Josy 7 years, 10 months ago

These maps are extraordinary with their perspective and the scale which leave according to the whim, we could believe !

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G B 7 years, 10 months ago

hahahhaa....I like Lsamples comment! :) interesting post....

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 7 years, 10 months ago

Yes, this is all fine and good. But where is the pub?

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 7 years, 10 months ago

One of the problems with old maps (and a charming difference from post-Mercator projections) is they did not feel the need to include such courtesies for readers as "scale" or any relation to an objective truth (if that exists). I'm thinking of the Hereford mappa mundi among others. Interesting take on the TI. I wonder if it clarifies people's suspicions or serves as a red herring...

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Marilyn Grimble 7 years, 10 months ago

Excellent idea ... and presented with clarity!

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 7 years, 10 months ago

Really unusual take on the TI super idea.

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 7 years, 10 months ago

Totally unique approach to the TI Helen. Very nice.

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