The Antiquities of England and Wales Vol I (page 1/8)

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[picture: Front Cover, Grose's Antiquities of England and Wales, Vol I]

Francis Grose, Esq., FAS., The Antiquities of England and Wales, Being a Collection of Views of the Most remarkable Ruins and antient Buildings, Accurately drawn on the spot. To each view is added An Historical Accounf of its Situation, when and by whom built, with every interesting Circumstance relating thereto. Collected from the best authorities.
London, Printed by C. Clarke, for S. Hooper, No. 212 High Holborn, opposite Southampton Street, Bloomsbury Square, M.DCC.LXXXIII [1783]

My copy of Volume I is falling apart, but that at least means I don’t have to worry about damaging the binding when I scan the pictures! I took a photograph of this book open to the title page.

I wish I had more volumes of this series. I recently obtained volume 3, but it came without the maps, unfortunately. The perils of eBay!

There is a short biography of Francis Grose from 1814.

Captain Francis Grose is also known for compiling dictionaries. I have a copy of his Provincial Glossary. He also wrote a dictionary of slang; Project Gutenberg has made a text version of an 1811 version of this (I have a fac simile edition) and I have used this as a starting point, corrected many errors, and put it online as the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

There is also an entry in the Nuttall Encyclopædia for Captain Francis Grose.

Title: The Antiquities of England and Wales Vol I

Author: Grose, Francis

Published by: C. Clarke, for S. Hooper

City: London

Date: 1783

Total items: 53

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

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[picture: Cromleh near Dundalk Ireland, from the Druidical Antiquities plate.]

Cromleh near Dundalk Ireland, from the Druidical Antiquities plate.

This is an engraving of Proleek Dolmen, part of a megalithic portal tomb, although this should not be taken to imply that there is a burial chamber. The capstone is almost four metres long and over three wide (twelve feet by four [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: The New or Water Tower, Chester]

The New or Water Tower, Chester

Published Novr. 7, 1783, by S. Hooper. Sparrow sculp.. The battlements were added in the 1640s during the Civil War, when Chester was besieged. There’s more about this at bwpics.co.uk. [more...] [$]

[picture: The map of Cornwall]

The map of Cornwall

Old map of Cornwall, 18th Century. [$]

[picture: Restormel Castle, Cornwall]

Restormel Castle, Cornwall

Restormel castle (also spelt Restormil or Raistormel) was started in about AD 1100. [more...] [$]

[picture: Rock basons]

Rock basons

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Francis Grose, Esq., FAS., The Antiquities of England and Wales, Being a Collection of Views of the Most remarkable Ruins and antient Buildings, Accurately drawn on the spot. To each view is added An Historical Accounf of its Situation, when and by whom built, with every interesting Circumstance relating thereto. Collected from the best authorities.
London, Printed by C. Clarke, for S. Hooper, No. 212 High Holborn, opposite Southampton Street, Bloomsbury Square, M.DCC.LXXXIII [1783]

My copy of Volume I is falling apart, but that at least means I don’t have to worry about damaging the binding when I scan the pictures! I took a photograph of this book open to the title page.

I wish I had more volumes of this series. I recently obtained volume 3, but it came without the maps, unfortunately. The perils of eBay!

There is a short biography of Francis Grose from 1814.

Captain Francis Grose is also known for compiling dictionaries. I have a copy of his Provincial Glossary. He also wrote a dictionary of slang; Project Gutenberg has made a text version of an 1811 version of this (I have a fac simile edition) and I have used this as a starting point, corrected many errors, and put it online as the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

There is also an entry in the Nuttall Encyclopædia for Captain Francis Grose.


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