1680 map of Jersey

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This map of Jersey was drawn in 1680 by Thomas Philips (or Phillips), a military engineer. It is from a report prepared for King Charles II in 1680-81, titled The present state of Guernsey, with a short account of Jersey and the Forts belonging to the said Islands, by 'Colonel George Legge, Lieutenant Generall of His Majesties Ordnance'. [1]

The report, which is now in the possession of the British Library, contains many charts, plans, and views of the Channel Islands, and was prepared in anticipation of invasion by the French under Louis XIV.

In addition to island map, the report contained ground plans of Mont Orgueil, Elizabeth Castle and St Aubin's Fort and a coloured view of Mont Orgueil.

Phillips was an accomplished draughtsman whose views have artistic qualities beyond their practical function. The view of Mont Orgueil, for example, has a strong composition, consisting of foreground, middle ground and background, and carefully-drawn rocks and foliage.

The numbers around the coast on the Jersey map are believed to refer to potential landing places for an enemy invasion, identified by Col Legge and covered in his report.



Mont Orgueil Castle

Notes and references

  1. There is some confusion about the names and dates attributed to the maps. Admiral George Legge, who was appointed Master General of Ordnance in 1881-82 also held the Army rank of Colonel. His father, Colonel William Legge, was Lieutenant General of Ordnance but he died in 1670. The details are as given by the British Library
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