1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Norden

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 2:145.



John Norden, a very able topographer, was, in this reign, surveyor of the king's lands, for which he received a stipend of fifty pounds a year. He projected an historical and chorographical description of all England; but published only some detached parts of this great work, which described particular counties. His Speculum Britanniae, which contains the description of Middlesex and Hertfordshire, is well known. He was author of the first Pocket-Companion, or Guide for English Travellers, whence are taken the comprehensive schemes for the market-towns, and their distance from each other and from London, as they stand in the Magna Britannica, at the end of each county. His Surveyor's Guide, a work of merit, is very uncommon. See more of him in Wood's Athenae Oxonienses, and Gough's Anecdotes of Topography. The former has attributed to him many books of divinity, which seem to belong to another person of the same names, possibly his father. His topographical pamphlets, before they were reprinted, frequently sold for forty shillings apiece.