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London in the year 1560

London in the year 1560

Engraver: Ashley, Alfred

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1847

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 1.30

Item number: 30

Length: 330

Width: 514

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale description: Scale not given

This 1847 map attempts to show London as it was in 1560, emphasising the changes made to the city in the intervening centuries. Thus, a number key is used to show the location of contemporary landmarks, such as the Savoy and Tower Bridge.

The central conceit of the map has led the draughtsman into mistakes, however. Most notably, Old St Paul's is shown without its steeple, even though this was not struck by lightning until 1561. In 1560, the spire was the tallest ever built and an obvious landmark.
The text adjoining the map is a discussion of London in 1560. At bottom right is a section of gruesome news from 1847.

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