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Caerllion Map

The little known historic town of Caerleon (english spelling), South Wales was the headquarters of the Roman LegioII Augusta from 75 – 300AD. Substantial Roman remains can still be seen, in fact when I was doing the survey of the area the mother of a visiting family approached near a poster illustrating the Roman Toilet. She asked me “Why did the Romans need a toilet so big?” “No madam” I replied. “This was a fortress, you are standing in the toilet” With that she lept out of area she was standing although it had not been used for some 1700 years. Now the map has joined our Newport map in being avaible through hotels nationwide.

London 1896

When the company by whom I was employed, established in 1869, was relocating, I came across a map dated 1896. The concept illustrated was to transport sea water to the hospitals around London to provide theraputic baths to patients, a scheme promoted by a Parliamentary Select Committee. The water was to be pumped up from Lancing to Epsom and then fed by gravity to the hospitals. I am not sure that today’s doctors would have approved, bearing in mind the amount of sewage emptying into the sea during Victorian times.

What I found interesting was the map named all the various London hospitals of the time most being specialist hospitals. It also listed other establishments  including workhouses and lunatic asylems. A snippet: In the Fulham Road there was the Consumption (Turberculosis) Hospital, reasonable one would have thought, but opposite a specialist Cancer hospital? The hospital was established by Dr William Marsden, later to become the Royal Marsden. Surgery was the only plausible answer at the time and was performed without anaesthesia or antisepsis.

I thought it might be interesting to re-draw the map without the sea water detail.


Oldfield, South Carolina, USA

Even the map looks inviting but being a golfer and living on an estate that consists of only detached houses in grounds, 18 hole course and surrounded by lakes is partcularly appealing, The map also shows other facilities with sports area and spectacular walks.

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30 Norden's Meadow
Somerset TA4 2Jw