The Waterford Charter, dated to 1372 and currently housed in the medieval gallery in the Waterford Museum of Treasures, was originally drawn up as a propaganda exercise between Waterford and New Ross in a bid to confirm charter status fromKing Edward III. The King is depicted at the top of the roll, receiving the key of the city from the city sheriff and two bailiffs; while underneath this scene,the medieval City of Waterford is painted, depicting features such as churches, Reginald’s Tower, whitewashed walls and brightly coloured roofs, all meant to highlight the city's affluence. This roll is unique in Ireland and is the earliest depiction of an Irish city.
All the extra data collected from this exercise was incorporated into thedeveloping sketch. And after the final layout was agreed on and all features ofthe map had been sketched in, the image was worked up digitally in a style aimed to mimic, rather than replicate the Charter scene.
This has now been published in a new book Cois tSiúire: 9000 years of Human Settlement in the Lower Suir Valley’.