Oxford : mapping the city
- Daniel MacCannell.
- Edinburgh : Birlinn Ltd, 2016.
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Over the past four and a half centuries, the magnificent city of Oxford has been mapped for many reasons, few of which have involved the mere finding of one's way through the streets. Maps were produced as part of schemes to defend Oxford from rampaging Roundheads, raging floodwaters, and the ravages of cholera; to plan the new canals and bridges of the eighteenth century and the new railways, tramways and suburbs of the nineteenth; to determine and display changes in the city's political stature under the Reform Acts of 1832 and 1867; to aid police enforcement of the laws against homosexuality; and even to plan a Soviet ground assault on the heart of the British motor industry. Given its status as a world centre of drama, poetry, literature, music, architecture, and scientific experimentation, and sometime royal capital, it is unsurprising that Oxford was the first British town to be included in map form in a tourist guidebook, as early as 1762, and one of just two inland towns mapped by French invasion planners in the Seven Years' War. For the first time, this lavishly illustrated volume brings together sixty of the most remarkable maps and views of the area that have been made by friend and foe since 1575.
Machine generated contents note: 1568 The city meets the world -- 1578 A ̀prodigy' map of a city on the brink of revival -- C.1600 Fish, beer and God in the city's watery west -- 1605 Shakespeare's Oxford -- 1646 Royalist capital and salient -- 1648 The fortress-city that might have been -- 1673 A city expanding, mentally and physically -- 1675 The city as a hub of communication -- 1695 Pasturage and recreation -- 1724 ̀The Jacobite capital of England' -- 1733 Meandering into modernity -- 1750 The most detailed mapping since Aggas -- 1759 Planning for a French descent on the British Isles -- 1761 John Rocque and the re-mapping of England -- 1762 The first street map of a British town in a tourist guidebook -- 1768 Planning the Oxford Canal -- 1771 John Gwynn and the making of modern Oxford -- 1773 Improvement in full cry -- 1786 Widening the High Street at Carfax -- 1789 A missing link between amateur and professional cartography -- 1805 A constellation of gentlemen's houses --
Note continued: 1807 Mapping an immersive 360-degrce view -- 1819 Enclosure and charity in Littlemore -- 1830 Connecting Iffley -- 1831a Charting the demise of the ̀rotten boroughs' -- 1831b Jericho rising -- 1832 Gateway to the north -- C.1834 The Physic Garden comes of age -- 1834 The outer limits: Wolvercote and the Duke's Cut -- 1835 Towards a modern city government -- 1837 Announcing the Gothic revival -- 1838 Canal-led industrialisation and convict labour -- 1844 Steaming into the future -- 1848 Inspiring Snow? -- 1850 Oxford in unparalleled detail -- 1853 Funding the Church with colts, acorns and hay -- 1855 The railway tourist cometh -- C. 1862 ̀Removed to Iffley Rd.': struggling to keep pace with changes on the ground -- 1872 Modern sewers for an ancient city -- and vice versa -- 1876 Housing the military -- 1878 Controlling the student body -- 1883 Dens of iniquity in the cradle of Methodism -- 1893 Accommodating the dead --
Note continued: 1895 Setting the aesthetic pace for the new century -- 1898 Mapping for the consumer society -- 1900 New peaks to climb -- 1902a Time, money and the railways -- 1902b Mapping beneath the earth's surface -- 1909 Money for old rope -- or pearls before swine? -- 1910 A German tourist map of Oxford on the eve of the World War -- 1917 The shock of the old -- 1930 Motor city -- 1950 Oxford takes wing -- 1965 A new system of mapping for aerial spying -- C.1968 Oxford friends -- 1972 Mapping for a Soviet occupation -- 2016 Climate change and the ìnternet of things'.
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- Edinburgh : Birlinn Ltd, 2016.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-247) and index.
- xvii, 254 pages : chiefly color maps ; 26 cm
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- LCCN: 2016435907
Unspecified Standard Number: 60002141166