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Plan of Hyde Park as it was in 1725

Plan of Hyde Park as it was in 1725

Engraver: Neele, Samuel John

Medium: Engraving, coloured

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 10.7

Item number: 7

Length: 178

Width: 229

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale description: 1 1/4" : 300 Yards

This retrospective plan of Hyde Park was produced from an earlier plan held in the Vestry Room in St George's Church, Hanover Square. Its title features at top right, with the scale bar at top left. 

At over 340 acres of land the largest of all the royal parks, Hyde Park was originally a hunting ground for deer, boar and wild bull. Bequeathed to the monks of Westminster after the conquest of Geoffrey de Mandeville in the 1140s, the park was appropriated by Henry VIII at the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536. The park was opened to the public at the beginning of the 17th century, and remained a deer hunting ground until 1768.

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