Insurance Plan of London North East District Vol. F: Key Plan
1 : 4800 This "key plan" indicates coverage of the Goad 1893 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). Chas E Goad Limited Chas E Goad Limited
PLAN FOR LAYING OUT THE PROPOSED Eastern Park TO BE CALLED VICTORIA PARK
1 : 4320 The title and imprint of the proposed park in Hackney with title appear at top centre,with a scale bar at bottom centre. The plan was commissioned by the House of Commons and issued in the 18th report of the Commission of Wood, Forests and Land Revenues. The project of a public park in the East End of London was financed by the sale of York House in St. James, Piccadilly. The park, designed by Pennethorne, opened to the public in 1845. Chawner, Thomas