"old Speed maps of the county"
Portrait of John Speed
Public DomainPortrait of John Speed - Credit: Possibly C.Lacey

 John Speed (1552-1629) was an English historian and mapmaker.

One of his achievements was the compiling of an atlas containing the first set of county maps of England and Wales, which was published in 1610/11. He was also responsible for the production of a world atlas (the first ever produced by an Englishman) which was published in 1627.


Speed map of Northamptonshire
Public DomainSpeed map of Northamptonshire - Credit: John Speed/engraved by Jodocus Hondius