I have been working on a map of Woodstock. After hours and hours of work it is finally finished. Woodstock’s history is very long and much of it is recorded history, thanks to royal connections. Trying to fit everything in has been hard work, but a lot of fun.
Here it is. Click on the map to enlarge it.
Of course I have put the obvious things in: Winston Churchill and Blenheim Palace, but also Henry I who first built the massive wall around the park to keep his animals in 900 years ago. I have even included a porcupine. which he apparently kept in his menagerie. Centuries later the royal menagerie moved to Regent’s Park in London and formed the foundation of London Zoo. This is just one little known fact about Woodstock. There are so many! For example, Woodstock once had a thriving glove-making industry which was first recorded in the 1200s. The last pair of gloves was made commercially only 20 years ago. And then there’s Queen Elizabeth I, who was imprisoned in Woodstock for a year in 1554 by her sister Mary.
So much information to gather, process and fit into the map!
I am particularly pleased with the central section. Click to enlarge it.
There are so many architecturally, historically and aesthetically interesting buildings to consider and fit in, both civic and domestic. I was delighted to be able to shoehorn a dinosaur in, on display at the delightful museum in the centre of town.
Maps are for sale in the shop. You can buy it folded in a cover, or flat and signed by the artist suitable for framing. It’s a great gift for anyone who loves Woodstock.