John Speed vs Google Maps

Map of Lancashire, 1610, by John Speed
Map of Lancashire, 1610, by John Speed

In the age of Google Maps, everywhere can start to look the same. So it’s interesting to see historical maps of familiar places. The map above is of Lancashire, where I live, and it was produced by John Speed more than 400 years ago. The one below is the same view using Google Maps this year. Of course, it’s not a fair comparison. I can’t gesture to zoom in, drop into Street View, or expand out with Google Earth, on the John Speed version. But still, I know which one I prefer to explore from this perspective.

It’s also interesting to note that in 1610, of all the places in North West England, Lancaster deserved the box out showing the town centre.

Lancashire, Google Maps, 2016
Lancashire, Google Maps, 2016
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John Speed vs Google Maps