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Plan of London ... shewing public works


The map was printed on four separate sheets of paper designed to be fitted together. In most the caes resulting complete map has been stored rolled up. On the other hand the British Library copy has been dissected and pasted onto linen to produce East and West sheets each folded to 500 x 315mm.

The base map, printed in black, shows the City and surrounding areas as they were in 1766, with public works such as street improvements 1766-1852 superimposed and highlighted in pink. The boundary of the City of London is shown in blue.

The main improvements shown are (from west to east):

The map was produced by the City Architect's Office. The purpose of the map was presumably political rather than practical: at a time when the duties were under renewed attack following the 1851 Act, the map shows graphically the extent of the improvements paid for by the duties, and the fact that they were not restricted to the area of the City itself.

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