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Mayor joins Yorkshire Society to honour local map maker

The Mayor of Morley joined Town Councillors and members of the Yorkshire Society to unveil a plaque celebrating the life of Christopher Saxton, a cartographer born at Dunningley in Tingley in 1542.  Christopher Saxton was the first map maker to chart England under a commission from Queen Elizabeth 1st and his maps formed the Country’s first atlas.

Councillor Robert Finnigan said “The plaque honouring the work of this fine Yorkshireman was originally situated at the White Bear pub in Tingley, which is to be demolished, and has been moved to the New Scarborough Inn at Tingley, to make sure we continue to remember Christopher Saxton’s legacy.  In a world of Google Maps, the brilliant work he undertook, without the aid of modern technology, should be recognised.  The unveiling of this plaque will enable future generations to wonder at the work he did and its impact on modern day mapping.”