Sir Jonas Moore (1617 - 1679)
Scarce C17th engraved map by Jonas Moore of the draining of the Fens by the Bedford Level Company. This was one the great engineering projects carried out in England.
The Bedford Level Company was established in 1630, when the 4th Earl of Bedford and a group of other landowners set out to drain the area of the southern Fen, afterwards known as the Bedford Level. It contracted with Vermuyden to perform the necessary works.
In 1654, the company gave leave to Jonas Moore to print and publish a map of the area. Only one copy of the first edition printed in 1658 remains, that in the National Archives.
Sir Jonas Moore (1617–1679)
Moore was an English mathematician, surveyor, ordnance officer, and patron of astronomy. He took part in two of the most ambitious English civil engineering projects of the 17th century: draining the Great Level of the Fens and building the Mole at Tangier. In later life, his wealth and influence as Surveyor-General of the Ordnance enabled him to become a patron and driving force behind the establishment of the Royal Observatory
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