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The vellum, measuring 1.65 x 1.35 m, is attached to a framework of oak, the actual map being set in a 1.32 m diameter circle.
Although it bears no date, it is possible, from what is known of Richard’s life and from a study of the map, to say that in its present form it was probably finished between 12.
For this map the entire skin of a calf had to be properly treated to make writing and coloring possible.
Calfskin prepared in this manner is called , a calf).
Standing on the right of Christ an angel holds a cross in one hand and three nails in the other.
There is a reference (unusual for any medieval map) to its authorship, in a note in the bottom left-hand corner (in translation): Let all who have this history, Or shall hear or read or see it, Pray to Jesus in His Divinity, To have pity on Richard of Haldingham and Lafford, Who has made and planned it, To whom joy in heaven be granted.
These place names are in Lincolnshire (Holdingham and Sleaford are the modern forms), and this Richard has been identified as one Richard de Bello, prebend of Lafford in Lincoln Cathedral about the year 1283, who later became an official of the Bishop of Hereford, and in 1305 was appointed prebend of Norton in Hereford Cathedral.
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