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Cross's London guide

Cross's London guide

Publisher: Cross, Joseph

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1848

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 7.254

Item number: 254

Length: 432

Width: 737

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale description: Scale not given

This is the second edition of Cross's London Guide, originally published in 1837 and issued four times. Its principal interest lies in its detailing of the expansion of the railways. London's first railway was opened in 1836, running between Bermondsey and Deptford, reducing the average travelling time from an hour to eight minutes. This line was extended to Greenwich and London Bridge, with the extension recorded on the map. By 1841 there were six terminal stations in London, with railways linking London with Birmingham and Southampton. These terminals were set at a distance from the centre of the city, due to fears of street congestion. This map shows the Great Western, Birmingham, Eastern Counties, Blackwall, Southampton and Croydon railways. The intended position of Hungerford Bridge is also shown.

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