The Brettle Collection of Printed Maps of Nottinghamshire, 1595-1860

Scope and Content

The Collection consists of thirty-two maps dating from 1585 to 1860. Twenty-nine are county maps of Nottinghamshire, two are 'road maps', which traverse parts of Nottinghamshire and one, the earliest, by Gerard Mercator is a regional map which includes Nottinghamshire.

Administrative / Biographical History

This is an artificial collection of thirty-two Nottinghamshire maps detached from various seventeenth- to nineteenth-century atlases.


The maps are arranged in chronological order followed by the map-maker's name.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue to item level, 11 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue to item level, 11 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

The maps came to the University Library from a local headteacher, after whom the Collection is named, in 1961. Another map was added by a relative in 1983.


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