A PLAN of the ROYAL EXCHANGE of LONDON Shewing the several Walks, or Places of Resort, usually frequented by the different Merchants, Traders &c. of this great Metropolis
Publisher: Hope, Thomas
The title of this small plan of the trading floor at the Royal Exchange appears in cartouche, with arms of the city, above the plan. The scale bar features at bottom centre, with orientation points marked on the margins. The plan is a later edition of one first published by Hawkins, re-engraved without the dedication to the Lord Mayor that featured in the first edition.
Thomas Gresham, the successful merchant and diplomat based in Antwerp, financed the construction of the first bourse, or Royal Exchange, on Lombard Street. Completed in 1567, the building was destroyed by the great fire of 1666 and a new, larger building, designed by the City surveyor Edward Jarman, was erected in its place between 1667 and 69, opening to traders in September 1669.