Hand drawn maps are a symbol of community

Sketch pad to hand, Keith Godard has a new look at Belvès

Over five years of visits to his holiday home in the Dordogne, graphic designer Keith Godard painstakingly noted the roof colours, window arrangements and design of buildings along every street of the town of Belvès to create a map that looks like it has belonged there for centuries.

Mr Godard, who owns a flourishing design studio in Brooklyn, has since captured the likeness of five other towns in the department with his intricate watercolour maps, which have been eagerly bought by residents and visitors. His latest, and most ambitious project, a map of Périgueux has just gone on sale.

Mr Godard, who was born in England and descended from Huguenots, bought his holiday home in Belvès with his architect wife, Katrin Adam.

But it was not long before life in the former postman’s house made him restless.

“I’m not very good at being a tourist, wandering around and spending a lot of money on eating and drinking.

“I wanted a project, and I looked around, went to the tourist office and there were no maps, nothing of interest, so I embarked on actually making a ‘plan de ville’.”

Because work on the map ...

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