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Plan of Bedford House, Covent Garden, &c., taken about 1690 from a drawing in the possession of John Charles Crowle

Plan of Bedford House, Covent Garden, &c., taken about 1690 from a drawing in the possession of John Charles Crowle

Publisher: Smith, John Thomas

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1809

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 13.46

Item number: 46

Length: 241

Width: 318

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale description: Scale not given

This map is copied from a 1690 drawing in Crowle's Pennant, held in the British Museum. Annotations appear across the drawing, recording local history before and after 1690. For example, in St Paul's churchyard is mentioned Marmaduke Conway, who died in 1717 at the age of 108 having never lost a single tooth. It also shows the location of Bedford House, which had been taken down over a century earlier. Around the border of the map are more informative gems, such as the location of a house named ''Two Golden Balls'' which in 1711 was famous for magical entertainments.

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