Engraver / Publisher: Sidney Hall

Introduction

Sidney Hall is associated with one map of Essex plus two sets of county maps:

  1. Excursions through Essex
  2. New Pocket Atlas of England and Wales
  3. A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland, aka A New British Atlas, A Travelling County Atlas, A New County Atlas and The English Counties

Sidney Hall was buried in February 1831 aged 42, but not only were his existing maps published long after this, some completely new maps were also published. Sidney had married Selina Price in 1821, and after his death she continued the family business of engraving new maps (and updating existing ones); ones he had engraved are signed Sidy Hall on the plates, but from February 1831 the completely new maps are signed S. Hall (ie Selina), who also updated the Sid'y Hall maps until her death in 1853 (aged c.73). The family business then passed to her nephew Edward Weller.

When Sidney was working on the Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales (ie a gazetteer of all the counties) he created the county maps in alphabetical order, and all the ones up to and including Oxfordshire are signed Sidy Hall; after Oxfordshire they are signed S.Hall, and probably few people noticed; if they did notice it probably wouldn't occur to think that it was not the same person. All his Essex maps are signed Sidy Hall.

Excursions through Essex

This was a 2 volume guidebook to Essex, written by T Cromwell. Hall's map of Essex appears at the front of volume 1, published in 1818 (volume 2 was 1819). The map is a little smaller than the maps he produced for the Topographical Dictionary, but larger than the ones for Leigh's New Pocket Atlas.

There is an example included in the table of thumbnails below, from which you can see a full size image with notes. Its scale is approximatley 1:500,000.

New (Pocket) Atlas of England and Wales

These maps were issued in three atlases:
    Leigh's Picture of England & Wales (1820);
    Leigh's New Pocket Atlas of England and Wales (1820 and re-issues to 1842);
    Leigh's New Atlas of England and Wales (1825 with several re-issues to 1845).
These are very small maps, but still show very many places names - you just need good eyesight to read them. Their scale is approximately 1:1,000,000.

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland (etc)

The map was used in
    the Topographical Dictionary (1833), in A New British Atlas (published 1833 to 1836),
    A Travelling County Atlas (published 1842 many times to 1888) and
    A New County Atlas (1847), and then enlarged in
    The English Counties (1860), enlarged by about 63% to be 1:260,000 rather than the 1:420,000 of the Travelling County Atlas plates.

The map was also published as a separate sheet, folded between boards (see 1833). The maps & atlases were published by Chapman and Hall - the latter not related to Sidney Hall the engraver.

The underlying maps never change (other than adding railways) throughout their 50+ years of being published. Their scale is approximately 1:420,000.

Sidney Hall's maps in the various formats

Thumbnail maps Mapmakers, their Atlases and Maps
Thumbnail: Hall 1818

Sidney Hall
Excursions through Essex

1818         147mm x 213mm
Map to accompany the text.

Thumbnail: Leigh 1820

S Leigh / Hall
New Atlas of England and Wales

1820         70mm x 115mm
Small maps that will be used in 3 atlases.

Thumbnail: Hall 1830

Hall
A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain & Ireland

1830         188mm x 244mm
A map published in atlases very many times.

Thumbnail: Hall 1833

Hall
A New British Atlas

1833         186mm x 247mm
A map published in atlases very many times.

Thumbnail: Hall 1833 folding map

Hall
Essex

1833         190mm x 249mm
Same as Hall 1833 above, but as a separate map.

Thumbnail: Leigh 1834

Leigh
Leigh's New Atlas of England & Wales

1834         71 mm x 121mm
Tiny map lives on.

Thumbnail: Leigh 1837

Leigh
Leigh's New Atlas of England & Wales

1837         73mm x 121mm
Tiny map gains one real railway and one false one.

Thumbnail: Hall 1842

Hall
A Travelling County Atlas

1842         186mm x 247mm
Railways added to Hall's 1833 map.

Thumbnail: Hall 1847

Hall
A Travelling County Atlas

1847         183mm x 246mm
More railways compared to 1842.

Thumbnail: Hall 1852

Hall
A Travelling County Atlas

1852         181mm x 246mm
Change of address and added plate number.

Thumbnail: Hall 1854

Hall
A Travelling County Atlas

1854         182mm x 246mm
False railway removed, and new (real) ones added.

Thumbnail: Hall 1858

Hall
A Travelling County Atlas

1858         185mm x 245mm
Railway gets to Southend.

Thumbnail: Hall 1866

Hall
A Travelling County Atlas

1866         189mm x 247mm
Lots of new railways in the north.

Thumbnail: Hall 1873

Hall
A Travelling County Atlas

1873         188mm x 246mm
Still shows pre-1868 Parliamentary Divisions, but no longer highlighted.

Thumbnail: Hall 1886

Hall
A Travelling County Atlas

1886         188mm x 247mm
Fictional railways in the north east, and in Epping Forest.

International Map Collectors' Society Journals
There has been one short article on Sidney Hall in the IMCoS Journals: Issue 85 (Summer 2001), pp 15-17. This can be read on the Journal page of the www.imcos.org website if you are a member of IMCoS; non-members can only read the contents pages of the Journals - a good reason to join!


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