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London in the olden time

London in the olden time

Publisher: Shepherd & Sutton

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1844

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 1.26

Item number: 26

Length: 432

Width: 559

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale description: Scale not given

This retrospective plan of London was produced in the 1840s, showing the city during the periods of the occupation of Britain by the Romans and in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
In the 1840s Britain was a leading power. This page reflects this, naming London as 'The Metropolis of the World". The text surrounding the plans is keen to establish London as a site of ancient civilisation, at the same time striving to detail its progress since Elizabeth's reign.
The words "Forum Stocks Mercat" mark the location of the Roman Forum. This was the market place of Roman London and its largest open area. It is thought that the bronze head of the Emperor Hadrian, found in the Thames and now in the British Museum, was part of a larger statue displayed in this area.

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