This is about one of the nine library books that I’ve read ……. I don’t think I need to explain further about the circumstances, as you’ll no doubt have read about my earlier reports.
This book published by the AA, Mapping the Roads by Mike Parker, is a fascinating telling of the story of Britain’s roads. In relating the story graphically through our rich heritage of maps, the author concludes, as you and I would naturally too, that the car perhaps more than any other factor has changed our landscape and maps forever.
I don’t know about you, but I struggle to read a book logically from cover to cover when it contains hundreds of maps, photos, and cartoons. I just get diverted from the text by the images.
The book lists some website sources on road maps and roads. Here are some that I found fun in a geeky sort of way.
- SABRE – a simply phenomenal source of old maps, and stuff.
- Hipkiss Scanned Old Maps – A collector puts his old maps online, plus an extensive links library
- CBRD [Chris’s British Road Directory] – Dedicated to the study of the entire road network of mainland Britain.
- Cartography Unchained – Research papers on all aspects of cartography from the period pre AD1600.
I think that’s enough to entertain