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Detail from OSD 152 (Hampstead)

Detail from OSD 152 (Hampstead)

Surveyor: Hyett, William

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1807

Shelfmark: OSD 152

Item number: 20

Genre: Manuscript Map

Map scale ratio: 2' : 1 Mile (1 : 31680)

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The individual settlements that make up this area of London are shown by red blocks, with boundary lines indicating the fields separating them. Shading and soft interlining indicate relief, neatly illustrated at Primrose Hill, the summit of which is left bare. The barracks at the edge of Hyde Park are illustrated at the very bottom of the map. The dark blue-black line running from West Drayton to Brentford and Paddington is the Grand Junction Canal. This was London's principal link to the rest of Britain's canals, allowing the passage of goods to and from the industrial towns of the North and Midlands. Hyett includes a ground plan of Kenwood House in Hampstead, showing a level of detail much greater than might be expected from a map with a scale of two inches-to-the-mile.

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