Insurance Plan of London Vol. X: sheet 284r-2
1 : 480 This detailed 1889 plan of London is one of a series of thirty-five 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
THE ROYAL GARDENS VAUXHALL FOR SALE BY Mr. Leifchild
This plan was produced for the sale of the Royal Gardens in 1842. The title and compass star feature at top centre. Opened in 1660, the Vauxhall Royal Gardens (or Spring Gardens as they were called until 1785) were for years a popular venue for exhibitions, concerts of popular music and firework displays. When the owners went bankrupt in 1840, the gardens were closed, the site sold and the furniture auctioned. Grieve, John