Drivers' Map - Second Edition, 1814
In 1789, a Royal Commission published a report on the New Forest. The report was accompanied by the first detailed map of the Forest; the scale was four inches to one mile. The map was based on surveys undertaken in 1786/87 by Thomas Richardson, William King, Abraham Driver and William Driver. It is commonly known as "Drivers' map". Below, you can download scanned sections of the Second Edition of Drivers' map, published in 1814. A monochrome hardcopy of the map was kindly provided by Anthony Pasmore. The formal title of the map is:
"A Plan of His Majesty's Forest, called the New Forest, in the County of Southampton. Laid down from surveys undertaken by Thos. Richardson, Wm. King and ABm. and Wm. Driver. By order of the Commissioners of the Land Revenue, appointed by Act of Parliament passed in the 26th year of King George III. Engraved and published by order of the said Commissioners, by William Faden, Geographer to the King, MDCCLXXXIX".
The map has been scanned in 18 sections; there is considerable overlap between the sections. A section is identified by the prefix "n", "c" or "s" (north, central, south), followed by the number - i.e. the top left section is "n1". A brief description of the content of each map is in the table below.
decide which map section you require. Click its link and the map will open in a new browser window. The map can be saved to your hard disk after viewing by right-clicking the map image and selecting the "Save Picture As" option.
Map Section Location/Comments
n1 Godshill; Sloden; Linwood
n2 Fritham; Eyeworth; Ocknell
n3 Bramble Hill; Minstead; Brook
n4 Bartley; Table of Officers of the Forest
c1 Burley; Bolderwood; Holmsley
c2 Rhinefield; Bolderwood; Holidays Hill
c3 New Park; Lyndhurst (W); Acres Down
c4 Lyndhurst (E); Ashurst; Ferny Crofts; Whitley
c5 Table of Walks; Ipley; Beaulieu Heath; Holbury
c6 Table of Walks; Hardley
s1 Wooton, Wilverley; Map Legend
s2 Aldridgehill; Hincheslea; Map Legend
s3 Boldre; Brockenhurst
s4 Norley; Beaulieu
s5 Beaulieu River and Heath; Exbury; Holbury
s6 Hardley; Holbury; Langley
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