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(ANTIGUA) JAMES H.BAKER, 1821, A collection of seven MANUSCRIPT ESTATE MAPS and plans from the PROPERTY of PETER LANGFORD BROOKE Esq., An absolutely magnificent set of MANUSCRIPT plans, produced by the Surveyor General of Antigua. The quality of each item is superb, using a heavy grade paper, ink manuscript with colour wash, minute details carefully noted, most with large decorative cartouches and family crest. SLAVERY was still very prominent at this time and the plans clearly show the slave houses and other related items. Peter Langford-Brooke (1739-1840), was the eldest son of Thomas Brooke of Mere in Cheshire, England. Thomas had inherited the estate of Mere after the death of his two elder brothers. Peter was a Captain in the Cheshire Yeomanry, a member of the Tarroley Hunt and Sheriff of Cheshire. Individual Maps are as follows:-

1. Map of the Estate of Peter Langford Brooke Esq., called the Wood Situated in the Parish of St. John's Antigua, 32"x25 1/2". Large embellished borders with compass-star, title, Scale of 3 Chains to an Inch, Reference Key to Buildings and Reference Notes to the amount of land under sugar. The Negro houses (67 in all!) are drawn to the rear of the main buildings, including The Boiling House; Still House; Windmill; Cooper/Blacksmith Shed; Magass House; Overseers House; Yam Store; Great House; Sick House; Stables; Cow Pen. Names of bordering owners to field layout. Signed and dated.

2. A Plan of the Stock Estate called Oliver's in the Division of St. John's Antigua the property of Peter Langforde Brooke Esq., 16 1/2"X13 1/2" Smaller plan than the others but with usual detail. Attractive full colour armorial shield (heightened with gold), compass, good Reference list to include The Old Windmill; Cattle Penn; Negro Houses; Negro Ground; Stone Walls etc., Names of bordering owners, Scale of 6 Chains to an Inch, vignette with cherubs holding signature and date.

3. A Ground Plan of the Works and Buildings on the Estate of Peter Langford Brooke Esq., called Jonas's in the Division of North Sound in the Island of Antigua, 32"x25". Magnificent cartouche title with coconut palm, large shell holding tropical fruit, signed but not dated. Large Reference list to large scale (20 feet to an inch) building plans, showing Windmill; Boiling House; Copper hole Shed; Water Cistern; Curing House; Rum Cellar; Still House; Magass House; Overseers House; Sick House; Great House etc., all with greater explanation than noted here. Expertly executed plan with interesting details.

4. A Plan of the Estate called Jonas's Situated in the Division of North Sound in the Island of Antigua, the Property of Peter Langford Brooke Esq., 26"x23 1/2". Armorial shield heightened with gold, decorative embellished surround, signed and dated, lower centre contains a watercolour view of the estate. The Reference blocks indicate amount of Cane Lands in use and list of buildings (as previous). 51 Negro houses are shown, plus 4+ acres as Negro Ground. Names of bordering landowners

5. A Ground Plan of the Works and Buildings on the Popeshead Estate of Peter Langford Brooke Esq., called Langfords in Popehead Division in the Island of Antigua, 25 1/2"x32". Cartouche title with name and date, very large Reference List of buildings (as previous) but with even more detailed information The whole on a Scale of 20 feet to an inch. A wealth of historical information concerning the layout and use of a sugar plantation.

6. A Ground Plan of the Works and Buildings on the Wood Estate of Peter Langford situated in the Parish of St.John's Antigua, 24 1/2"X31". Armorial shield with gold, long Reference list again to buildings (as previous), signed but not dated. Scale of 20 feet to an inch.

7. Plan of Langford's Estate, the Property of Thos.Willm. Langford Brooke in the Division of Popes-head in the Island of Antigua, 17 l/2"x23 1/2". This map is by James Blackburn, 1867 (On tracing paper quality, backed with tissue, small loss to area not affecting information). More general layout plan than the others, of lesser quality but still good. Names of bordering landowners.


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