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London and Westminster in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, anno dom. 1563

London and Westminster in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, anno dom. 1563

Engraver: Neele, Samuel John

Medium: Engraving

Date: ca. 1800

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 1.25

Item number: 27

Length: 406

Width: 1041

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale description: Scale not given

This is a retrospective map of Elizabethan London, giving us an idea of how people in the late 18th Century viewed the Elizabethan capital.
The present-day Covent Garden is an area of fields named "Convent Garden", indicating that the area belonged to the Abbey of St Peter's at Westminster before the dissolution of monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII.
The location of Tower Bridge is marked, although the actual bridge was not planned until 1879. This indicates that Londoners were thinking about bridging the river at this point one hundred years before the decisive plan to do so.

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