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The city of London as in Q. Elisabeth's time

The city of London as in Q. Elisabeth's time

Surveyor: Stow, John

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1755

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 1.24

Item number: 24

Length: 184

Width: 470

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale description: Scale not given

This map was engraved for Stow's Survey of 1755: the first detailed, comprehensive survey of the city. John Stow was a retired sailor who walked the streets of the city collecting information from records and residents of Georgian London.
The Thames is depicted dotted with boats, reflecting that river taxis were the main mode of transport in Elizabethan London. The impression is one of a lively prosperous capital. All nineteen piers of London Bridge are recorded. These made travel by river taxi dangerous as they causing congestion and turbulence that made it advisable cross the bridge on foot.
Three cranes are marked to the left of London Bridge. These were used to haul crates of wine up from. A tavern in Upper Thames St was named "Three Cranes in the Vintry" in their honour, and was frequented by the playwright Ben Jonson in the 16th Century.

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