Map of Essex 1777

Detail from the Map of Essex

If you’re looking to research local history during your time at home we think this fantastic interactive map produced by designer and educator Tim Fransen will pique your interest.

Map of Essex 1777 is a freely available open access resource for the benefit of students, teachers, historians, researchers and other interested people. All modern web browsers, platforms and devices are supported.

Click on the image below to be taken to the Map of Essex website where you can interact fully with this incredible resource and zoom in any area of the county to see how it’s changed.
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Overview of the Map of Essex
Digital Map of the County of Essex 1777 by John Chapman & Peter André | Produced by Tim Fransen, 2018 | Digitised engraved sheets courtesy of Biblioteca Virtual del Patrimonio Bibliográfico | MAKE A DONATION

This is the first map of the whole county to show the course of the minor roads, ‘green lanes’ and even some of the tracks; milestones and turnpike gates on the arterial roads of the time are carefully drawn.

The accuracy of the map is extraordinary. The surveyors would have been justifiably pleased had they known that their work, when extensively checked with large-scale contemporary estate maps nearly two centuries later, stood the test.

From Essex Record Office publication A Reproduction of a Map of the County of Essex 1777 by John Chapman & Peter André, 1950.

Visit the Map of Essex website to read the introduction and end matter from the 1950 ERO publication.


Map of Essex 1777 is an open access resource produced by Tim Fransen with digitised assets from the Virtual Library of Bibliographical Heritage (BVPB) collection and the Essex Record Office (ERO) publication A Reproduction of a Map of the County of Essex 1777 by John Chapman & Peter André, 1950.

Map of Essex 1777 relies on public donations to keep it freely available to all. If you enjoy the resource and use it regularly please consider a small donation to support with running costs.

A close up image of the Map of Essex zoomed in on Rochford