Treasure 8: the Gresley processional map

This ‘Procession Way’ plan of the Seale Estate (D77/8/10) dates from the 16th or possibly early 17th century and is from the papers of the Gresley family of Drakelow.  Centred on the area of Potter’s Wood, with Netherseale to the south, Rosliston to the north, Lullington to the west, and Seale Grange to the south-west.

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It was chosen by our colleague Anne, who says “I particularly like the little houses, gates and trees – being drawn in three dimensions, they’re not just a flat image on a page.”

4 thoughts on “Treasure 8: the Gresley processional map

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  2. Thank you for such an in depth response! I spent some time rooting around on the Internet, and I can see a day out to Manchester University and Sheffield Records Office might be in order!

  3. Glad to hear you have had this pleasant result! I have just had a look at your lovely snowy photographs and it’s clear that your corner of north Derbyshire is very picturesque. It is amazing how durable some boundaries can be; the same can be said for field names. The reverse is sometimes true: I live in what’s now a densely-populated neighbourhood that would have been agricultural land at the time of my birth, so it’s not at all familiar on old maps. If I were to recommend a starting point for looking into This Sort of Thing, I would actually point you back in the direction of the National Archives because they have such an excellent range of research guides. (I look forward to the day when we offer something similar on a smaller scale – watch this space.) They are arranged from subject A to subject Z on the website but they have also rather usefully created groups of guides that work well together, such as those under the “Looking for a Place” heading (see Within that batch of guides, it may be worth looking at: Villages and the countryside, Maps, Enclosure awards, Tithes, Valuation Office survey, landed estates, common lands, manors. If maps in particular are your thing, I always recommend the Derbyshire Record Society’s Catalogue of Local Maps of Derbyshire c.1528–1800. It doesn’t just mention the maps that are in our custody, but repositories up and down the country. There’s more about the book at this address: but you will also find it on the Derbyshire Libraries Service catalogue, so you can order a copy via your local library. Or pop in and use ours.

  4. We’ve recently obtained a copy of a map from 1606 (held at the National Archives) it too has ‘3D’ illustrations of the houses, fields have gates and trees line the boundaries. It features the area where we live (north Derbyshire), and was drawn up for a land dispute; I believe it originates from the Duchy of Lancaster archives. We are thrilled to see the still recognisable field boundaries and buildings. We only found out about it by chance, we are left wondering what other gems there might be out there… Where do we begin?

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