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Dictionary Project, Volume X: England and Wales

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 11.

We get two spreads from the Atlas today, because England and Wales are hyooge, people.

Map of England and Wales, North, 1897Map of England and Wales, South, 1897I am suddenly reminded of when we studied “The British Isles” in elementary school, and we had to assemble our maps from four pieces of paper each with part of the outline on it. Each of those pages might have been traced from a page on these two spreads. Oh man, I wish I could remember that teacher’s name! Every time I try to think of it I come up with the music teacher’s name.

What I mostly remember from those maps is that there was a lot of colouring involved. (I think this was in Grade 6.) And there were lots of sheep and woollen mills in the north. LOTS of them. I have vague recollections of the mention of the Industrial Revolution, too.

English county names have moved along a bit since 1897, either changing their names or their borders, or both. Yesterday’s Cumberland (home of delicious sauce) is today’s Cumbria, Yorkshire has yet to be chopped up and gerrymandered into north, east, south, and west Yorks., Shropshire is still called Salop, and its own Much Wenlock gets a pretty big font, perhaps in keeping with its relatively recent significance as the location of its own Olympic games competitions. There used to be a Huntingdonshire? Oh, the things you learn when you open a book!



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