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SM volume 111/44


Map of Scarborough, showing new gun batteries on the south-eastern side of the town


Plan, with scale of chains


1 chain (66 feet) to ½ inch


In pen and brown ink A PLAN OF SCARBOROUGH, above a table of REFERENCES, which include REFERENCES to the new raised Batterys (99 gun batteries, listed a to s and marked on the map); and with a note near the right-hand edge, at the bottom of a rectangular area near St Thomas's Street, This mote was cleand out and 99 guns mounted on account of the Rebellion in 1745; with many street and building names.

Signed and dated

  • late 1740s

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink, with green, blue and pink washes




Strasbourg Lily / 4WR = IV


Why this plan found its way into Soane volume 111 is unclear. The inscription on the drawing, quoted above, places it soon after the Jacobite Rebellion in 1745, for its mentions 99 Guns having been mounted on account of the Rebellion. These are marked on the map, above and near the Mote, and are listed in the legend. The map was probably prepared as a record of the completed fortifications in the late 1740s.



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