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The LONDON DOCKS

The LONDON DOCKS

Surveyor: Alexander, Daniel

Medium: Engraving, coloured

Date: 1799

Shelfmark: Maps Crace XVIII

Item number: 36

Length: 279

Width: 508

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale ratio: 4" 1/2 : 1 Stat. Mile (1 : 14080)

Map scale description: 2" 1/4 : 1/2 Mile

This is Daniel Alexander’s original design for the London Docks and Cut. The plan's title and key are at lower left, with the site of the new docks highlighted in blue. Alexander's original design included a 20-acre St. George’s Dock to the west and a seven-acre Shadwell Dock to the east. Each would have their own basin, and be linked by a small Tobacco Dock. Opened in 1805, London Docks were the nearest to the city, and for 21 years all imported tobacco, rice, wine and brandy (except that from the East and West Indies) had to unload there.

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