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Second city Bermicham... KNOWLE.

FAMILIES are set for some fun and games when they try to plot their position on a 17th Century map - the spellings are different.

A map of Warwickshire dated 1611 will be going under the hammer at Bonhams auctioneers. Station Road, Knowle, on February 21.

The document showed the lay of the land in the county before Cavaliers and Roundheads tramped their way over the countryside during the English Civil War.

The map features Solihull but anyone looking for nearby Birmingham will have to search very hard as the city is spelt Bermicham.

It was made by John Speed who was one of the most highly regarded map makers of his time.

"We're expecting quite a lot of interest and have estimated a price of pounds 100 to pounds 150," said Charlie Livingston, who works in the picture department at Bonhams.


OLD NEWS... Charlie Livingston, of Bonhams, with a 1611 map of Warwickshire and Leicestershire. Picture: John Reavenall
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Date:Jan 30, 2006
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