Tapestry map shows Midlands of Shakespeare's time

A huge (4 feet x 6 feet, or 122 x 183 cm) 16th century tapestry map has returned to Oxford's Bodleian Library where it will be placed on display. The map was one of four such maps and was long thought to be lost. The Bodleian now owns three with the fourth in the Warwickshire Museum.

The wool and silk tapestry depicts Gloucestershire from about 1590 complete with "hunting grounds, forests, hills and castles, but no roads." The map is believed to have once been used as a fireguard in a private home.