ESTATE PLAN - [ADAMS, William (fl. 1671-1702)] A Mapp of Wolstaston Wood in the County of Salop taken the second day of Aprill in the yeare of o[u]r Lord 1674. W.A
Manuscript wood map, ink and wash on vellum, 495 x 460mm. The map encompassing the wood in between Woolstaston and Church Stretton, showing the tracks, enclosures and landmarks, the wood divided according to ownership, decorated with scale-bar and dividers, compass rose, inset table of ownership, the map set within a thick red-ruled border (three losses to upper right margin).
A pleasingly simple 17th-century estate plan of a wood just below the Long Mynd in Shropshire. Woods formed an important part of village and estate economies from Mediaeval times. The organisation of woodlands for the benefit of the community, for firewood, grazing of pigs, mushrooms and other produce was an important part of the rural economy. Wood plans and estate terriers of woods are all rare. William Adams worked on estate and enclosure maps in the borders and particularly Shropshire, Hereford and Cheshire. Steer/Bendall A031.