Welcome to Richard Clarke's website.

Having been a secondary school history teacher for 36 years and prison tutor for three I now focus on developing my interest in landscape history and on fostering an interest in others as a speaker, tutor, writer, guide and researcher (house and church).

I am available for consultation in areas such as:
  • Illustrated talks;
  • Presentations;
  • Guiding;
  • Articles;
  • Research.
Recent Posts
14th September, 2019  County maps of East Yorkshire 6.
14th September, 2019 County maps of East Yorkshire 6.

Emanuel Bowen’s county map of East Yorkshire is well known for a number of reasons; it is detailed (for a county map) and is very elaborate – incorporating the image shown above and a fine... [more]

9th September, 2019   County maps of East Yorkshire 5.
9th September, 2019 County maps of East Yorkshire 5.

The third map being considered (see above) was compiled by Wenceslaus Hollar (well known in this area for his engraving showing a bird’s-eye view of Hull, 1640), probably in the 1640s and, allegedly, produced on... [more]

5th September, 2019  County maps of East Yorkshire 4.
5th September, 2019 County maps of East Yorkshire 4.

As may be seen from the extract shown above Robert Morden’s county map as reproduced in Gibson’s edition of Camden’s Britannia, 1695 is very similar, if not identical in some respects, to the county map... [more]

2nd September, 2019
2nd September, 2019

One interesting feature of our mid 17th century county map (s.p.b.s) is that it records and gives the boundaries of the ‘wapontakes’ of the Eat Riding. The six so defined are; Dickering W. (north-east... [more]

31st August, 2019.  County maps of the East Riding of Yorkshire, 2.
31st August, 2019. County maps of the East Riding of Yorkshire, 2.

One aspect of the comparisons between the five county maps listed in the last blog is how the coastline is represented. The coastline of Holderness constitutes one third of the North Sea coastline of... [more]

28th August, 2019  County maps of the East Riding of Yorkshire,
28th August, 2019 County maps of the East Riding of Yorkshire,

The first Ordnance Survey (O.S.) maps were published in 1801 for the county of Kent and to the scale of 1 inch to 1 mile. This continued to be the bedrock scale for O.S.... [more]