6th June 2011
Thank you very much to long-standing member Keith Gascoyne who showed us this superb map.This is the third map from 1769 that we have put on the website this year.
It is special in two respects.
Firstly it folds up so that John Varley could carry it about easily.
Secondly it shows the original route taking the canal to Bawtry where it would go into the River Idle and thence to the Trent. It was the townsfolk of Retford, led by the Reverend Seth Ellis Stevenson, who persuaded the canal proprietors to change the route.
If you right click on the image below and then click View image, you will see a larger version. If you click on the enlarged version, it will enlarge even more.
To see our other historical maps, click here.