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A map of the parish of St. Paul Covent Garden shewing the site of Bedford House & grounds

A map of the parish of St. Paul Covent Garden shewing the site of Bedford House & grounds

Surveyor: Beck, Thomas George

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1851

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 13.45

Item number: 45

Length: 457

Width: 648

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale description: 4" : 400 feet

Surveyor: Leybourn, William

A pecked line marks the parish boundary of St Paul's, Covent Carden. Covent Garden was the metropolitan estate of the Russell family: the earls and dukes of Bedford. Bedford House, built in 1586 for the third earl of Bedford, appears to have been an important boundary marker. The development of the area in the 1630s saw it become the first suburb outside the City to be financed by the leasehold system and regulated by building covenants. These factors, combined with Inigo Jones' architecture, made Covent Garden a prototype which was aspired to for the next 250 years.

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