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[London at one view: a new map]

[London at one view: a new map]

Publisher: Biggs, George

Medium: Engraving, coloured

Date: 1842

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 7.257

Item number: 257

Length: 432

Width: 724

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: 3 3/4'' : 1 Stat. Mile (1 : 17200)

Map scale description: 3 3/4'' : 1 Mile.

A copy of Bigg's map of London of 1842 lacking the title, the views and the note at the bottom of the map. The city boundary is marked in red, with open land, such as parks and gardens, in green, and the Thames, docks and canals in blue. The map clearly labels the contemporary development of the railway lines, with the Birmingham railway shown intersecting the Regent's Canal at Camden Town.

The canal, enthusiastically promoted by architect John Nash, was built to facilitate the import of goods from the provinces. Constructed at the beginning of the era of sustained railway development, however, it never fulfilled its potential and became obsolete.

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