Taking a break from property for a moment – one of our delightful owners found this whilst clearing her attic and, knowing I’d be interested in such a slice of Bath history, has allowed me to make and share a copy. Thanks to the technical genius of Ferne and the inimitable Dave Dixon at Minuteman Press, you should be able to see all the lovely little details which make this 1787 Bath map so special.
Additional history notes on 1787 – two links to Bath residents;
In the year this map was published, William Herschel (Bath resident and astronomer) discovered Titania and Oberon, the moons of Uranus. He did not give these moons their names; they were named by his son John in 1847 and 1852, respectively, after his death.
In May of 1787, Arthur Phillip set sail with 11 ships of convicts to Botany Bay in Australia. In 1805, aged 67, he retired from the Navy with the rank of Admiral of the Blue, and spent most of the rest of his life at Bath. He continued to correspond with friends in New South Wales and to promote the colony’s interests with government officials. He died in Bath in 1814 and was buried in St Nicholas’s Church, Bathampton. Forgotten for many years, the grave was discovered in 1897[and the Premier of New South Wales had it restored. An annual service of remembrance is held here around Phillip’s birthdate by the Britain – Australia Society to commemorate his life.
PDF link below if you’d like to download a copy;