• Tindal’s Continuation

On a visit to the always fascinating interior of Lanhydrock House n, I made a beeline for a little side-room where hangs a huge map of the West Country made by the 18th-century cartographer Robert Tindal, his ‘Continuation of Mr Rapin’s History’.  Here’s a close-up of eastern Cornwall.  It’s centred on my part of the county and displays a certain vagueness in its placement of features.  A few spiky rocks mark ‘The Hurlers’ near what is now Minions, although for reasons of space the name is placed in a giant curve to the north.  But it’s interesting to see it highlighted as a significant feature.  And I’m taken with the spelling of my nearest town, Leschard.  There’s also an interesting and – to me – unfathomable road linking Tavistock with Bodmin, running north of Killington (Callington) and between The Hurlers and Liskeard.  I wonder how accurate that is and where it passed through.

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