London Medieval to Twentieth Century : Four Very Detailed Maps
These four detailed coloured street maps illustrate the story of London over the last 500 years: during this time the capital developed unlike any other in the world.
The 1520 map shows the city just beginning to break out from the confines of the Roman Wall that had defined its limits for 1300 years. Growth continued but in 1666 most of the area within the walls and more outside was swept away in the Great Fire. The second map was commissioned by the Lord Mayor to assess the damage. By 1843, eighty years after the start of the Industrial Revolution the cities of London and Westminster are joined but there were still orchards and market gardens in Chelsea. When the Victorian age finally ended we see a London in 1902 stretching in all directions both north and south of the river with industries, docks, main line and underground railways.
Each of the four maps is accompanied by a booklet describing life in London at the time.