Insurance Plan of London East District Vol. G: sheet E
1 : 7200 This detailed 1900 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
1 : 21120 This rough field sketch, or 'foul' copy, was produced on several pieces of irregularly cut paper joined together and laid on the verso of the triangulation map for southern England. Covering the north side of the Thames, East Ham and Ilford are to the left, and Rainham to the right. The drawing is dominated by a patchwork of field boundaries, with open dotting indicating unproductive enclosed land. The detail recorded here was incorporated in the 'fair' map OSD 132, titled 'Barking'.
1 : 21120 This plan of the north side of the Thames shows Barking and Ilford to the left, on the banks of the Roding, and Rainhham and Hornchurch to the right. A patchwork of field boundaries dominate the landscape, with open dotting depicting unproductive enclosed land. Pencil lines intersect across the plan, recording the angular measurements taken by the surveyor to calculate the distances between fixed points in the landscape.