Click here to skip to content

A NEW and ACCURATE PLAN of the CITY of WESTMINSTER The DUTCHY of LANCASTER and Places Adjacent

A NEW and ACCURATE PLAN of the CITY of WESTMINSTER The DUTCHY of LANCASTER and Places Adjacent

Cartographer: Rocque, John

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1754

Shelfmark: Maps Crace XI

Item number: 4

Length: 254

Width: 381

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale description: No scale given

John Rocque developed his surveying talent at a young age, making plans of the great houses and gardens of the nobility. This early experience led to him taking up large-scale surveying, producing plans such as this one of Westminster. Here, Tottenham Court and Marylebone are mostly fields but Westminster has grown sufficiently to demand the construction of a new bridge.

Westminster Bridge was opened in 1750 and watermen were paid £25,000 in compensation as the new bridge made them largely redundant. The Chelsea Water Works Company, shown south of Totthill Fields, was set up to improve water supply to Westminster and "parts adjacent". The Company were the first to introduce slow sand filtration to purify Thames water.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites

Newsletter

Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: