The practical use of this map is hinted at by the differentiation in the presentation of domestic townscape views, shown in pictorial elevation, and the plan form that represents Camber Castle, a defensive military structure.
This plan of the Sussex coast from Fairlight to Rye Bay is made up of two separate sheets of paper joined together, with detail extending over the joins.
Relative relief is indicated by shading and brushwork interlining - a technique known as hachuring.
Although the Spanish Armada was defeated in 1588 Philip II attempted further invasions during the 1590’s.
A scale bar showing ‘myles and furlonges’ is included.
This survey was made in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, in the year 1578 and is endorsed almost certainly by Nicholas Reynolds 1587.
It contains five coloured maps of the coast and inland places of Sussex from Thorney and Selsey Bill to Winchelsea and Camber Castle.
A faded aquamarine wash defines the coastline from Pevensey Bay to Hastings, with red circles indicating observation stations used to plot the distinctive features of the land being surveyed.
Inland, agricultural land (delineated by field boundaries) and woodland dominate the landscape..The concern with defence is apparent here as the draughtsman has included the beacon network of the area. Due to their height these could also be used as vantage points.Locations of battery's or arsenal stores are recorded by a group of three triangles. This was one of the defences built to defend the coast after Francis I of France and Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain signed a peace treaty in 1538, making an invasion of England by their combined forces probable.Woods could either hinder progress or provide cover for the movement of a regiment.Hence the painstaking detail with which woodland is drawn.Produced against the background of the Napoleonic Wars, these Ordnance Survey drawings exhibit a hightened interest in defence, particularly along the vulnerable south coast.