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CARY's New POCKET PLAN OF LONDON, WESTMINSTER and SOUTHWARK; with all the adjacent buildings in ST. GEORGE'S FIELDS &c.&c.

CARY's New POCKET PLAN OF LONDON, WESTMINSTER and SOUTHWARK; with all the adjacent buildings in ST. GEORGE'S FIELDS &c.&c.

Engraver: Cary, John

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Maps.Crace V

Item number: 165

Length: 413

Width: 610

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: 4'' : 1 Stat. Mile ( 1 : 15840)

Map scale description: 2'' : Half a Mile or 4 furlongs

Pocket plans were made popular by the Bowles company in the 1730s, and had an enduring appeal. This plan, engraved by the prolific John Cary, was published 18 times. This is the first edition. It includes a list of the receiving houses appointed by the General and Penny Post Offices and a table of Hackney coach fares.

The postal service in London was largely developed by William Dockwra, who responded to the demand for local letter delivery in London: non-existent until 1680, except by private messenger. Dockwra opened nearly 500 receiving houses where letters were sorted for delivering, costing the user one penny. So successful was this system that it was taken over by the General Post Office after two years.

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