Great Map Mystery, with Terry Jones (2008) BBC Two Wales

Chester to Holyhead

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The final leg of Terry Jones' journey following a 17th Century road atlas is the most hazardous of all. Terry becomes the first person to follow this route successfully for 180 years. At the end of his journey, he finally uncovers the deadly political plot which was the real purpose of the map.

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Terry Jones sets out on a series of journeys through Wales following the world's first road atla. In this innovative new series, Terry Jones treks through the countryside of our fair isle. Our intrepid presenter travels back to the time of Charles II to make use of the marvellous maps of John Ogilby, the maker of the first ever road maps of Britain. In this instalment, Terry travels the road from the English border to Aberystwyth and begins to suspect there is more to Ogilby's atlas than meets the eye. Over the course of the series, Terry travels four of Ogilby’s routes: from Pretseigne to Aberystwyth (which turns out not to have been a road at all, but a drovers’ track through the mountains), from Monmouth to St. David’s (which is revealed as a path along a language divide separating Welsh and English-speaking areas), from St. David’s to Holywell (which is a lost pilgrim route) and from Chester to Holyhead (the old road to Ireland, and the most perilous of all). In the course of his epic explorations, Terry shows us that there is far more to Ogilby’s maps than originally meets the eye. As well as showcasing the dazzling hills and dales of the UK, Tony also reveals a dark and unexpected secret behind Ogilby’s cartographic career, unveiling a sinister story, and shedding light on a dark and previously unexplored chapter in British history.

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