THE REGENT'S PARK
1 : 4800 This plan was commissioned by the House of Commons and issued as a supplement to the Wood, Forests and Land Revenues report. The plan's title and imprint are at top right, with a scale bar and key at bottom right. The part of the park to be opened to the public is shown in pale yellow. The grounds of the Zoological Society and the Royal Botanic Society are shown in pink. The areas to be fenced off to protect the privacy of the local residents are shown in dark green. The land to the north of the park recently acquired by Eton College is shown in pale green, and that acquired by Lord Southampton, in pink. Basire, James
IMPROVED PLAN of the Termination of the GRAND JUNCTION CANAL at PADDINGTON With the Intended New Streets on the Estates of the Bishop of London
1 : 4800 The old course of the canal is indicated in blue.The improvements to the canal included: three new wharfs with enclosed reservoirs, at "A"; a service reservoir, at "B"; the enlargement of the canal by Arrow Road to allow barges to dock, at "C"; and a new basin for leisure boats, at "D". Also noted are three-and-a-half acres of land claimed by a Mr White, indicated by the letter "E".
Insurance Plan of London Vol. xi: sheet 372-2
1 : 480 This detailed 1891 plan of London is one of a series of forty seven sheets in an atlas originally produced to aid insurance companies in assessing fire risks. The building footprints, their use (commercial, residential, educational, etc.), the number of floors and the height of the building, as well as construction materials (and thus risk of burning) and special fire hazards (chemicals, kilns, ovens) were documented in order to estimate premiums. Names of individual businesses, property lines, and addresses were also often recorded. Together these maps provide a rich historical shapshot of the commercial activity and urban landscape of towns and cities at the time.
The British Library holds a comprehensive collection of fire insurance plans produced by the London-based firm Charles E. Goad Ltd. dating back to 1885. These plans were made for most important towns and cities of the British Isles at the scales of 1:480 (1 inch to 40 feet), as well as many foreign towns at 1:600 (1 inch to 50 feet). Chas E Goad Limited Chas E Goad Limited