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This map has been attributed to Augustus Ryther, an engraver who prospered between 1572 and 1592, contributing to Saxton's Atlas of 1579. This plan was produced to satisfy a European market, and contains certain inaccuracies which a native Londoner would not have tolerated. The streets appear very much wider than they were in actuality. Houses are depicted as having large gardens, when these had, in fact, begun to disappear from London two centuries before. Due to the scarcity of maps of London this rather misleading map was printed several times. This is the second edition. The map-seller's imprint has been removed and a large compass rose has been inserted. The Globe playhouse has been omitted on this edition, because of the theatre's destruction in 1644. Hoge Lane, Bedlam and Finsbury Fields have also been added. The map is shows the water conduit near Fleet Bridge, an important link in the water supply line from St Pancras.
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This map has been attributed to Augustus Ryther, an engraver who prospered between 1572 and 1592, contributing to Saxton's Atlas of 1579. This plan was produced to satisfy a European market, and contains certain inaccuracies which a native Londoner would not have tolerated. The streets appear very much wider than they were in actuality. Houses are depicted as having large gardens, when these had, in fact, begun to disappear from London two centuries before. The map details the gap at the north end of London Bridge, caused by a fire in 1632.
An Exact Map representing the conditions of the late famous and flourishing City of London
1 : 6336
Engraved map of London and suburbs (including Lincoln Inn Fields, Finsbury Fields, Smith Fields and Bankside in Southwark) in which barren city wards contrast with birds eye views of surviving buildings outside the city, showing at a glancethe extent of the damage to the city caused by the great fire of 1666. The map features title along the top, with arms of the city and compass rose depicted at top left and right respectively. Also by Pricke is the inset map in the panel at the foot of the plate. Entitled "A map of the Whole City of London and Westminster with the Suburbs, Whearein May Be Judged What Proportion is Burnt and What Remains Standing", this smaller scale map (two inches to the mile) is flanked by reference tables with key to churches and halls of the London Livery companies.
Englands glory, or, the glory of England being a new mapp of the city of London : shewing the remarkable streets, lanes, alleyes, churches, halls courts, and other places as they are now rebuilt, the which will therefore be a guide to strangers, and such as are not well acquainted herein to direct them from place to place : diverse faults y[t] are in y[e] former are in this amended, allsoe the severall figures y[t] stand up and downe in the mapp are explained in y[e] 2 tables at y[e] upper corners hereof.
Walton, Robert, 1618-1688
1 : 11019
The title of this engraved map of Roman London appears along the top, with compass rose at top right.The arms of the Count of Pembroke, to whom the map is dedicated, are depicted at bottom right. Published in 'Itinerarium Curiosum' by William Stukeley, an antiquarian with a scholarly interest in sacred history, the plan shows the Roman street plan and road network, with illustrated views of the city wall and other prominent architectural and geographical features.
Stukeley, Dr. William
AN EXACT SURVEIGH OF THE STREETS LANES AND CHVRCHES CONTAINED WITHIN THE RVINES OF THE CITY OF LONDON FIRST DESCRIBED IN SIX PLATS
1 : 3620
This map was reduced by John Leake from a large-scale survey on six sheets produced in December 1666 to assess the damage caused by the great fire. No copy of this large scale survey has ever been found. This is the second edition of this map, Updated and issued in 1669 with a dedication to Sir William Turner, The Lord Mayor of London for that year. The map's title appears along the top of the manuscript, With the City arms and dedication at top centre. The key to buildings destroyed in the fire appears in a table at top right, With a compass star at bottom right, Scale bar and imprint at bottom left, And an illustration of the city on fire inset at top left. The location of livery halls destroyed in the fire is indicated by their respective coats of arms. Letters identify individual City wards, With ward boundaries indicated by a pecked line. Buildings outside the city walls, Undamaged by the fire, Are represented three dimensionally.
The author of this plan of Roman London, John Britton, was an antiquary and passionate advocate of the preservation of ancient monuments. The plan shows the Roman wall, gates, street plan and road network, with some prominent architectural and geographical features presented pictorially.
A Plan for Rebuilding the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666; Designed by that Great Architect Sr Chrisr. Wren; & approved by King and Parliament, but unhappily defeated by Faction.
1 : 31680
This is an 18th-Century copy of Sir Christopher Wren's plan for rebuilding London after the great fire destroyed seven-eighths of the city. Wren, at this point an Oxford astronomer with comparatively little architectural experience, was among the first to present a plan to Charles II after the catastrophe. The narrow streets which had helped the fire's progress are replaced on his plan by monumental avenues radiating from piazzas. The influence of the classical buildings and formal street plans which Wren had studied in Paris are a clear influence. He also proposes the construction of a Thameside quay from Bridewell to the Tower, replacing the ramshackle wooden wharfside buildings with warehouses. A vignette of 'Thamesis' (the putative river god) with London burning in the background has been added in the lower margin. Wren's plan was never used. Perhaps due to his eargerness to produce a plan quickly, he was inaccurate in making his ground plan and did not consider contours adequately. Neither king nor parliament were to ever take it seriously despite the title's assertion that it was an approved plan.
A New and Plaine Mapp of the CITTY of LONDON Shewing the Streets, Lanes, Allies, Courts, Churches Halls and other remarkable places as they are now rebuilt
The title of this map of the City of London appears along the top, with tables of references at top left and right, a compass rose depicted along the river course. St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, the Roman wall and ships sailing along the Thames are all shown pictorially. The map's publisher, John Overton, had acquired Peter Stent's stock in the mid-17th Century. This stock included many maps by leading Tudor cartographers. His son Henry succeeded him in 1703 and continued the family's publishing business.
LABYRINTHUS LONDINENSIS or THE EQUESTRIAN PERPLEXED
The author of this small plan of London invites his readers to find their way around the city, from the Strand to St. Paul's, avoiding the many roads closed for repair. The plan's title appears at the top, with the royal Arms at the top left, the city arms at the top right, the arms of Bridge House at the bottom right and the arms of Westminster at the bottom left. A note explains the rules of the puzzle in the panel below the plan.
Sr. Cristopher Wren's Plan for Rebuilding the City after the dreadfull Conflagration in 1666
1 : 31680
This is an eighteenth-century copy of Sir Christopher Wren's plan for rebuilding London after the great fire destroyed seven-eighths of the city. This reduced plan seems to have been published a number of times. This latest edition has a textual explanation beneath the map. When Wren made his plan for rebuilding he was an Oxford astronomer with comparatively little architectural experience, but he was among the first to present a reconstruction plan after the catastrophe. On this plan the narrow streets which had helped spread the fire are replaced by monumental avenues. The influence of the classical buildings and formal street plans which Wren had studied in Paris are a clear influence. Wren also proposed constructing a Thameside quay from Bridle to the Tower, replacing the ramshackle wooden wharfside buildings with warehouses. A vignette of 'Thamesis' (a putative river god), a female personification of the city, and London burning in the background have been added to the border. Wren's plan was never used. Perhaps due to his eagerness to produce a plan quickly, he was inaccurate in making his ground plan and did not consider contours adequately. Neither king nor parliament were ever to take it seriously, despite title's the assertion that it was 'unhappily defeated by faction.'
LARGE AND ACCURATE MAP OF THE CITY OF LONDON. Ichnographically describing all the Streets, Lanes, Alleys, Courts, Yards, Churches, Halls and Houses, &Amp;c
1 : 1200
Large map of London printed in 20 sheets featuring title along the top, city arms and dedication to the Lord Mayor, the Aldermen and Sheriffs of the city in cartouche at top left and arms of Sheldon, Lord Mayor at top right and with compass star and dividers at bottom centre. This is the first accurate and detailed map of London, with all the buildings represented in plan rather than as bird's eye views.
Ogilby, John and Morgan, William
GENERAL PLAN OF THAT PART OF THE CITY OF LONDON THAT WAS DESTROYED BY THE GREAT FIRE OF 1666; SHOWING THE PRESENT STATE THEREOF
1 : 2431
This retrospective map compares pre-fire London with the city of the 1830s. The title and publisher's imprint appear at top left, with a reference table at bottom right, scale bar at bottom centre, and woodcut view of the Temple at top right. The map shows churches, halls and public buildings destroyed in the fire in grey,with contemporary buildings in pink.
AN EXACT SURVEIGH OF THE STREETS, LANES AND CHURCHES, COMPREHEND.D PLATS, 10 Decem.r A.o Dom.i 1666
1 : 1836
This plan was reduced and engraved by Vertue in 1723 for the Society of Antiquaries. It is a derivative of Leake's 1667 map depicting London after the great fire of the previous year. The title of the map appears at the top, with scale bar at bottom right, a dedication to the Society of Antiquaries at middle left, and the key to lines and symbol in a banner at middle right. Below the title are illustrated prospects of buildings near Temple Gate in Fleet Street, Baynards Castle, St. Paul's Cathedral (from the south and west), Cheapside, Guildhall and the Royal Exchange. A plan of the City of London and Westminster is inset at upper right with a reference table.
Insurance Plan of London Vol. 1: Key Plan
1 : 3600
This "key plan" indicates coverage of the Goad 1904 series of fire insurance maps of London that were 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).
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