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Plan of the Tower of London from a drawing made between 1681 and 1689 by order of Ld. Dartmouth, Mar. Gent of the Ordnance

Plan of the Tower of London from a drawing made between 1681 and 1689 by order of Ld. Dartmouth, Mar. Gent of the Ordnance

Cartographer: Blood, Holcroft

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 8.44

Item number: 44

Length: 356

Width: 457

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale ratio: 1'' : 100 Feet (1 : 1200)

Map scale description: 2'' : 200 Feet

Engraver: Basire, James

This retrospective bird's-eye view of the Tower of London and its 'Liberty' based on an original 17th-century drawing by Holcroft Blood was published by the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1815. The scale bar appears at top left with compass star at top right. 

 The term 'liberties' refers to the land under the private jurisdiction of the Tower. Until 1686, the liberties of the Tower were restricted to the area within its walls and the land on Tower Hill. Three territories were added by James II's charter of 1686: the Minories, the Artillery Ground and the Wellclose.

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