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A plan of the city and suburbs of London as fortified by Order of Parliament in the years 1642 and 1643

A plan of the city and suburbs of London as fortified by Order of Parliament in the years 1642 and 1643

Engraver: Vertue, George

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1738

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 1.39

Item number: 39

Length: 216

Width: 343

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale description: Scale not given

This is a retrospective plan of London showing the defences for the civil war, established after an Act of Parliament in 1642. These built to protect the city from attacks by Charles I and his 15,000 Royalist troops. Here all 23 forts are shown, linked by eighteen miles of ramparts. The Royalists did not attempt to enter London as the King made a tactical withdrawal. Fort 6 was the first to be built, with a commanding prospect of Finsbury Fields.

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