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Hyde Park Corner showing the Piccadilly Turnpike

Hyde Park Corner showing the Piccadilly Turnpike

Draughtsman: Salway, Joseph

Medium: Lithograph, coloured

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: Maps 183.p.2

Item number: Sheet 1

Length: 592

Width: 657

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale ratio: 1 '' : 20 Feet (1 : 240)

Map scale description: 1 '' : 20 Feet

This section of drawing shows the Piccadilly Turnpike at Hype Park Corner, the terminus of one of the ancient highways leading into London. A weighing engine is shown in red ink, indicating that tolls were increased depending on the weight of the vehicle and load. The meticulous nature of these drawings is revealed by the numbered lamp posts, each drawn with a shadow. Private gardens are shown in plan form, revealing the formal designs of lawns and cobblestone paths. St George's Hospital, located opposite the park, was founded in 1733 by a group of Governors from Westminster Hospital who chose Lanesborough House as the building to house their new hospital. Knightsbridge had a reputation for healthiness and they wanted their patients to benefit from the country air.

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