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An Exact Plan of the Tower of London 1725

An Exact Plan of the Tower of London 1725

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1725

Shelfmark: Ktop XXIV

Item number: 23-a

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Map scale description: 1 inch: 80ft

The Tower of London was built outside the perimeter of the city walls: a strategically important site. However, as this plan shows, by the 18th century the city streets had spread to surround the Tower. This plan names key buildings within the compound, such as the White Tower, Office of Ordnance, governor's lodging house, grand storehouse, chapel, and militia barracks. Ditch and earthwork defences are depicted outside the walls, as are Traitor's Bridge and several staircases leading down to the river. A detailed view of ships on the Thames appears at the bottom of the plan.

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