Just suppose for one minute that in 1620 someone had thought it might be a good idea to produce a Guide Book for Plymouth: telling a little bit of the Plymouth backstory with a contemporary street map to steer visitors around the town and tell them where the inns, the taverns, the town hall and the church were all located … as well as giving them idea of who was who in Plymouth in 1620.
Sadly no-one did produce such a thing, but if they had have done, maybe it would have looked a little like Chris Robinson’s ‘Plymouth 1620 – This Being A Guide To the Principal Attractions and History of the Port’ which includes ‘An Easily Navigable Plan of the Town.’
Working with Plymouth University’s Martin Read, Chris has produced the earliest and most accurate map to date of Plymouth in 1620 and illustrated the guide with appropriate imagery.
And then … given that we are looking back from a distance of 400 years, if you flip the guide over you get a potted, but detailed and vividly illustrated account of what has happened here between 1620 and 2020.
A fun, fascinating overview of Plymouth and its immediate neighbourhood it is ideal for the visitor, or for those locals who are maybe about to host visitors, friends or relations and want something factual and accessible that doesn’t require too much effort to turn them into a rather knowledgeable host.