A survey of the estate of John Plampin Esquire, taken in 1774, 1774.
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- 1 v. (45,  p., with blanks) : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsG5753.S7 S87 1774Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon CollectionAccessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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- Maps & Atlases (manuscript)
- The Plampin family held lands in the neighborhoods of Brockley, Hartest, Shimpling, and Long Melford in Suffolk, as well as Belchamp St. Paul in Essex. John Pamplin (1727?-1805) was the father of Robert Pamplin (1762-1834), who would become a vice-admiral in the British Navy.
Selected exhibitions: "The Mapmaker's art: 300 years of British cartography" (Yale Center for British Art, January 17-March 12, 1989).
Bound in full vellum, with gilt-tooled spine.
Manuscript survey of the estates of John Plampin, of Suffolk, in 1774. The compiler of the volume is unidentified. The manuscript includes an illustrated title page, 8 colored plans of the estates, and 11 pages of tables and notes. Also present is a half-page view of Chadacre Hall, the main house and family seat, here referred to as the Paddock. The house as illustrated is in the William and Mary style and appears to have been built around 1700. It was demolished and rebuilt about 1834.
Seven of the eight plans are drawn on vellum; all are drawn in pen and brown ink, embellished with color washes to depict borders, roads, buildings, and bodies of water. Each is numbered and titled, and includes a compass rose and bar scale (with measures in chains). Titles to the plans are written within highly colored ornamental cartouches. The names of surrounding estates are noted, and parcels of the estates are keyed with letters or numbers to corresponding entries in the table of information facing (or preceding) each plan. The tables include columns in which to record the size of each parcel (in acres, roods, and perches) and its quality (arable, pasture, meadow, etc.). Total acreage and rent of each farm is recorded at the bottom of each table. Space is left (but not used) to record the value per acre, yearly value, and timber (oak, ash, elm, and stadle). The total estate comprised 1,167 acres and brought in an annual rent of £754.
The plans present include: Content of Paddock &c as it was in 1756 -- Contents of wood lands and meadow in hand -- Maskal's farm -- Bridgman's farm -- Lands in the occupation of John Smith, with clock house -- Brockley farm -- Content of Paddock in the year 1774 ... -- Lands occupied by Hayward.
An index at the front records the original contents of the manuscript. Some pages have been removed, including the plan and table of Hoare's Farm (pp. 16 and 18) and Fitche's Farm (pp. 24 and 26), as well as the plan of Belchamp's Farm (p. 39). A line in pencil has been drawn through the headings for these entries in the index, indicating that the pages may have been removed when those properties were sold. The family arms have also been cut from the top half of page 2.
- Subject Terms:
- Boundaries (Estates) -- England -- Suffolk.Chadacre Hall (Suffolk, England)Land tenure -- England -- Suffolk.Plampin, John, 1727?-1805.Plampin, Robert, 1762-1834.Suffolk (England) -- Maps.
- Maps -- England -- Suffolk.
Land surveys -- England -- Suffolk.
A Survey of the Estate of John Plampin Esquire, Taken in 1774. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.