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  • Writer's pictureHaydn Wheeler

Mapping The Clubmen

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

Lord Fairfax Battlefields of 1645 Revisited, Motor Car Itinerary, was the headline in the London Standard of July 17th 1909


A series of stops via a timeline with a reading of papers from the western campaign of 1645 was had at certain locations,

Fairfax with his companions was travelling here in 1909 in the comfort of his automobile. Fairfax we know from records of 1645 was desperate for shoes and supply regards his troops of The New Model Army. Some still marching in barefoot. Naseby and following on from that pivotal battle had took its toll on those who fought there.

Jumping to 2020 and in the comfort of my home an idea to revisit was had.

The Clubmen in the year of 1645 had what it appears a acceleration as a collective in the forming of and in a series of declarations and petitions. With closer study we see local commanders of both Royalist and Parliamentarian alike, troops and the toll of the war had caused a necessity by those effected by to peak in reply to.

What if you could view from a whole, a looking upon from above as if by satellite then zoom in. Of course seeing as a whole if it were possible from 1645 you would get a snapshot of where and who was at certain locations, a correlating timeline of events and position of.

With the use of recorded dates and The Clubmen's own written declarations a project was born. This has led me to look at the use of platforms, the potential of.


With the use of web based platforms such as Google Maps and Earth for the mapping of The Clubmen has never been easier. This mapping allows a construction of a timeline in a geography context. With Google maps a timeline linked to locations of Clubmen activity in a UK wide context also if linked up with related dates could see a bigger project had, A look at layers use on Google Maps has a vast potential for use by historians to bring a UK wide mapping of events, travelling and so on of, in this case the Civil Wars of the 17th Century. The more focused Google Earth allows a focus on those locations and the added tool to expand content. With the added use of pictures and video, an input of information into these locations content boxes allows you to bring a description of what took place at these locations. I have gone down a route of a series of Clubmen 1645 video shorts relating to input in these added in box features.


As said, the embracing of these platforms and the adding of as such the layers feature in Google Earth we could bring a where, what and who in a UK wide context mapped onto corresponding timelines. This information as a base of a go to site with those corresponding timelines would be a leaps and bounds life made easier tool in a correlation of information available.

The idea of Mapping The Clubmen is nothing new others have mapped their related historical projects. A future linking up of these sites in a open resource index i hope will collaborate content out there.

A word of warning must be said though. As quick as these platforms appear they can disappear. Speaking from experience, working as a freelance photojournalist I lost 5 years of content, pictures with the who where what stories tagged with deleted overnight. The selling of Corbis Images to Getty via Visual China played a toll on many..

The likes of Internet Archive are a must in the support of. .

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