From Who Do You Think You Are? magazine:
A unique collection of local maps has been donated to Norfolk Record Office (NRO).
Charting over 300 years of East Anglian history, more than 120 documents were presented to staff at the NRO by former Lord Mayor of Norwich, Raymond Frostick, earlier this month.
Frostick, an expert on cartography, began collecting the maps in his youth and has published numerous works on the subject throughout his career.
Dating from 1574 to 1840, the maps provide researchers with a detailed insight into the changing geography of Norfolk and its colourful history.
Unusually, the collection includes several maps printed in a playing card format, with each individual card containing snippets of factual information about the county’s hundreds of towns and villages.
Indicating its status as a centre of trade and industry during the Elizabethan period, William Bowes’ card map of 1590 describes Norfolk as “large, welthy & very populous. Full of corne, sheep and worsted commodities”.
"Maps and plans are an important source of information for the local historian and the NRO is delighted to receive this outstanding archive, which will be a major resource for all who study the history of our county,” says Dr Christopher Kemp, Chairman of the Norfolk Records Committee.
“The historical importance of this collection cannot be overstated and the use which will be made of it for the purposes of research.”
Norfolk Record Office website: http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/