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Detail of the Falmouth Map

A map of Cornwall which dates back to 1690 has been discovered in a private collection, after it had been lost for generations. Mapmaker George Withiell drew it to keep track of the new town of Falmouth, as it was rapidly expanding.



The map was last seen on display in the 1880s and will again be made public by Cornwall's record office. David Thomas, archivist at the Cornwall Record Office said: "It is one of the most significant early Cornish maps to emerge into the public domain in recent years".

Private collector Alan Pearson, who died in June, had bought the map in Bristol about 10 years ago. He was passionate about the history of Falmouth and Cornwall and his widow Mollie said Alan would be delighted the map has been restored to its rightful place.

Titled A True Map of all Sir Peter Killigrew's Lands in the Parish of Mylor and part of Budock Lands, the map was commissioned by the Killigrew family to keep a record of the land they owned. The family owned an extensive amount of land, a lot of which is where Falmouth is now built.

The date it will be on public display has not yet been revealed; however, the historic sites of Falmouth can still be seen, just over an hour drive from hotels in Fowey, with stunning Cornish scenery to be seen along the way.

Image credit to Cornwall Council

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