Insurance Plan of London: General Key Plan
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This "key plan" indicates coverage of the Goad 1889 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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ST. GEORGE'S PARISH, HANOVER SQUARE.
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This plan of the Parish of St George is surrounded by views of St George's church, Knightsbridge chapel, Conduit Street chapel, Chelsea chapel, Audley Street chapel and Berkeley chapel, the whole set within a decorative border. The title and imprint appear at the foot of the plate. The Parish of St George was created in 1725 and covered an area previously in the Parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields that stretched from Regent Street (then called Swallow Street) to the Serpentine, and from Oxford Street to Mayfair, Belgravia and Pimlico.
Sketch of the Procession Usually Observed in the Coronation of our KINGS & QUEENS together with a PLAN pointing out Several new Paths and their Parts Adjacent
A sketch of individuals and their order in the coronation procession is featured at the top of the page.60 years as king, George III's was the second longest reign in British history. He was third Hanoverian monarch, but the first to be born in England and use English as his first language. His reign was curtailed by periodic bouts of mental instability,which many contemporary commentators ascribed to the strain of the American conflict,but was more likely caused by the hereditary physical disorder called porphyria. He was a cultured monarch who donated to the nation a royal collection of books as the nucleus of a national library, now held in the King's Tower;in the British Library.
The PARISH of ST. JAMES'S, Westminster, taken from the last Survey with Corrections 2
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This plan is taken from the first edition of Stow's "Survey of England".The plan's title features in a banner at the top centre, with a key to streets, yards, halls, courts and private properties at the top left.Land use and natural features described by symbols and three-dimensional illustrations.St James's Square was laid out in 1662 when Henry Jermyn, Earl of St Albans, obtained a grant of land on the outskirts of London.In 1674, Christopher Wren was appointed architect of the parish church.
The PARISH of ST. JAMES'S, Westminster, taken from the last Survey with Corrections 3
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This plan was taken from Strype's first annotated edition of Stow's "Survey of England". The plan's title features in cartouche at the top of the plate, with keys to streets, yards, inns, halls and other landmarks in tables at top left and bottom right.The scale bar is also at bottom right. Additions made by Strype that did not feature in earlier editions of the plan include the housing developments in Soho and neighbouring St Martin's (replacing open fields and an extended table of reference).
Plan of a LEASEHOLD ESTATE Situate at Pimlico IN THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX belonging to ... 1825
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This is a plan of the leasehold of Earl Grosvenor,later Marquis of Westminster, in Belgrave Square. Earl Grosvenor was granted permission by Parliament to develop the ten acre site in 1826, and commisioned the young architect George Basevi, a pupil of John Soane's, to design the square. Grosvenor's name has been smudged from the title at top right.
A MAPP of the Parish of St MARGARETS Westminster taken from the last Survey with Corrections 7 B
This is John Strype's second edition of Stow's survey, published "due to Act of Parliament". This is a reference to the Copyright Act just passed in an effort to stop unauthorised copying of maps. John Stow was a retired sailor who dedicated his retirement to gathering information from records and residents of the Georgian city. The survey extended to include London and Westminster in their entirety, capturing London between Restoration and 18th-century developments. The land on Mill Bank is denoted "Marshy Ground". Renowned for its unhealthy damp atmosphere, it would become the site of the infamous Millbank Penitentiary, and later Tate Britain. Above this a "New Church" sin the process of completion. This would become St John's. Although the survey proved popular, Stow died in poverty at the age of 80,having been granted licence to beg by James I.
Plan of Carlton House and Garden, Warwick House and Other Houses on the South Side of Pall Mall and Cockspur Street
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Built at the beginning of the 18th century for Henry Boyle, Baron Carlton, Carlton House house was purchased in 1732 by Frederick, Prince of Wales.It was in a poor state by the 1780s, and the Prince of Wales commissioned Henry Holland to reconstruct it.Work on the house began in 1783 and continued for 30 years, with neighbouring properties bought and demolished to make way for new wings.This plan shows the extensive walled garden laid out by William Kent along with the ground plots of other houses and stables in Pall Mall and Cockspur Street.