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The Madley Atlas of 1721

The Atlas by John Senex was published in 1721 and is a rare, interesting and valuable artefact currently in safe keeping at the Cathedral Library in Hereford. It is titled "A new general atlas, containing a geographical and historical account of all the empires, kingdoms, and other dominions of the world". There are only 33 other copies known to exist world-wide.

Madley Church has had the atlas since anyone can remember- but no one knows how it came to be in Madley. On the spine are the initials "F.P." suggesting the original owner, but we have no idea who "FP" might have been

We want the atlas to return to Madley for everyone to share and enjoy and to encourage visitors to the area. We hope to develop the Chilstone Chapel as a home for the atlas in the church. A local project group is working to submit a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for funds to conserve the atlas and then to display it sympathetically as we want to include digital and interactive displays giving information about the atlas and the history of Madley. The application process to Heritage Lottery Fund is two stages. A successful stage one outline bid will secure funding to research the atlas and fully develop proposals that benefit the community, visitors and the atlas. This application is being discussed and drafted at two morning meetings being held at The Stables on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th December; everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided. If you would like to come along to either or both meetings please register your interest by calling Ruth on 250802 or just come along.

The views of local people and visitors are very important. We want a wide range of views to help our plans so we would like to know what you think about the atlas, what it means to you, and any ideas you have. if you can't come along to the meetings but are interested in giving your views a survey has been developed for this purpose and copies are available in Madley Church and at The Stables. Please do take a few minutes to complete it. If you would like the survey electronically, have any questions or would just like to know more please email

Thank you in advance for your help and participation.