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A MAPP of the Parish of St MARGARETS Westminster taken from the last Survey with Corrections 7 B

A MAPP of the Parish of St MARGARETS Westminster taken from the last Survey with Corrections 7 B

Surveyor: Stow, John

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1755

Shelfmark: Maps Crace XI

Item number: 7 B

Length: 286

Width: 356

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: 1 '' : 307 Feet (1 : 3692)

Map scale description: 1 5/8'' : 500 Feet

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This is John Strype's second edition of Stow's survey, published "due to Act of Parliament". This is a reference to the Copyright Act just passed in an effort to stop unauthorised copying of maps.

John Stow was a retired sailor who dedicated his retirement to gathering information from records and residents of the Georgian city. The survey extended to include London and Westminster in their entirety, capturing London between Restoration and 18th-century developments.

The land on Mill Bank is denoted "Marshy Ground". Renowned for its unhealthy damp atmosphere, it would become the site of the infamous Millbank Penitentiary, and later Tate Britain. Above this a "New Church" is in the process of completion. This would become St John's. Although the survey proved popular, Stow died in poverty at the age of 80, having been granted licence to beg by James I.

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