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A PLAN of Part of the Ancient City of Westminster

A PLAN of Part of the Ancient City of Westminster

Surveyor: Thomas Lediard Esq

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1740

Shelfmark: Maps Crace XI

Item number: 18

Length: 521

Width: 737

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: 11'' : 86 Feet (1 : 1028)

Map scale description: 7'' : 600 Feet

Thomas Lediard was the agent and surveyor for the Commission for Streets and Waterways. Westminster bridge, the first major bridge to be built across the Thames since the medieval London Bridge, is marked as "New Bridge". The expansion of Westminster in the 18th century necessitated an alternative to the timber Putney Bridge, the only river crossing west of the City. The grey blocks featured on this map are new buildings on the new streets near the approach to Westminster Bridge.

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