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London and Westminster. 1796

London and Westminster. 1796

Publisher: Fairburn, John

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1796

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 5.178

Item number: 178

Length: 432

Width: 629

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale description: Scale not given

This is the second edition of a map published seven times until 1806. The title is embellished with an engraving of Father Thames, with St Paul's visible in the distance to one side of him. This edition includes an inset plan of the proposed Wet Docks. 

In 1796, the year this map was published, a Parliamentary Committee attempted to resolve the docking problems such as congestion, delays, lack of warehouse space and theft. The result was a number of project proposals for the building of new docks. However, none of these proposals were carried out, and the problem was not solved until private companies began building enclosed docks in 1802.

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