London and Westminster in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, anno dom. 1563
Engraver: Neele, Samuel John
Date: ca. 1800
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.