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Bob Hattersley and his Maps

For a complete catalogue of The Bob Hattersley Collection click here

Bob Hattersley, a former pupil of Eastbourne School and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Darlington, was an immensely talented man, with gifts as a teacher, sportsman, raconteur and musician.  With a consuming thirst for knowledge and research, he combined his talents and interests as geographer, geologist and local historian in producing ‘Wainwright’ style maps of areas and activities in the North East which captured his interest.  Each map was carefully researched and planned and then presented with the consummate skill of the geographer/cartographer.  


A particular feature of his later work was a limited edition collection of the most-requested subjects – such interest areas as ‘The Stockton and Darlington Railway’, ‘Lead Mining Activities in Swaledale’  and  ‘Place Names of Teesdale’. With this selected group of titles, the black text was reproduced professionally.  He then added such features as river courses, settlements, railways, topographical features or emblems in colour on each map.  Hand tinting and shading completed the art.  He often signed the map off with his own version of ‘Old Father Time’ (inspired by the weather vane at Lord’s Cricket Ground).    


Whilst those who knew him well were fully aware of his talents as a ‘spare time’ but professional map-maker and framer, the full extent of the legacy from nearly twenty years of  researching and mapping only became clear after his premature and untimely death in December 2010 at the age of 61.


A breathtaking treasure trove of previously unseen maps was discovered in his capacious storage wardrobe, adding to those work already known to those who had seen it from his visits to local fairs (under his banner of ‘The Map Man’). Some maps  were complete, some in semi-finished form, some framed, some in postcard format.


His wife, Jean, has expressed a strong wish that the originals and prints from this collection should now be offered for sale.  The profits will be donated towards research into the causes, diagnosis and effective treatment of kidney cancer, the disease which caused Bob’s death.


The collection comes in a number of different categories:



As well as having this consuming interest, Bob was well known as an inspiring and dedicated teacher of Geography, spending his whole career at Hummersknott School . In his spare time, he was an opening bowler at Feethams for Darlington Cricket Club, also spending time coaching young cricketers and was a founder member of  ‘FOURUM.’  Bob’s work and that of the band have been featured on the third series of ITV’s  ‘The Dales’ in episodes broadcast on 24 June and 8 July, 2013.


Click here to see a few photos taken at an exhibition of Bob’s Maps

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