Fonds COS - Notebook of John Cossins, map maker

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Notebook of John Cossins, map maker


  • 1725-1727 (Creation)

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1 volume

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John Cossins was born in 1697 in Brompton, Yorkshire, the elder son of William Cossins, steward of the Hackness estate. John Cossins first learned the practice of land surveying and drawing in his position as estate map-maker. He went on to create maps of York, Leeds and Scarborough, as well as other areas in Yorkshire, which were paid for by public subscription.

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At present the collection only comprises one notebook, compiled by Cossins as he worked on his 'New and exact plan of the City of York.' Also includes supplementary paperwork concerning the notebook, including a copies of the original sale catalogue from 1993, as well as a complete set of photographic prints of the notebook.


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Material is available subject to the usual terms and conditions of access to Archives and Local History collections.

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Images are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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  • English

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