[Image: Fragment of the Gough Map]
[Image: Fragment of the Gough Map]

Linguistic Geographies: The Gough Map of Great Britain

London, the seat of the royal court and government, is one of only two towns whose names are written in gold.

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Coventry was one of the largest and wealthiest cities in England during the Middle Ages. It is depicted as a 'walled town' with a spired church.

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Aberystwyth is depicted as a single building with its name faded, but apparently in the hand of the original scribe.

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The vignette of Inverness lacks the dark outlines and added decorative detail found on the vignettes of towns south of Hadrian's Wall.

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Linguistic Geographies The Gough Map of Great Britain and its Making

The Gough Map is internationally-renowned as one of the earliest maps to show Britain in a geographically-recognizable form. Yet to date, questions remain of how the map was made, who made it, when and why.
This website presents an interactive, searchable edition of the Gough Map, together with contextual material, a blog, and information about the project and the Language of Maps colloquium