Agas map showing Blackfriars precinct and its proximity to the Royal Wardrobe


This map, published in 1737, gives a ‘View of London about the Year 1560’. The Blackfriars district can be seen on the north bank of the River Thames, south west of St Paul’s cathedral. Like the theatre district to the south, Blackfriars was a ‘Liberty’, which put it outside the control of the city authorities. The area had a history of theatrical associations prior to Shakespeare’s company beginning to perform there in 1609: it was previously home to the Offices of the Queen’s Revels and two companies of boy players. The Royal Wardrobe was to the east, from which costumes were borrowed.

Full title:
Civitas Londinvm ano dni circiter MDLX / Vertue Soc. Antiq. Lond. excudit 1737.
Map / Image
Ralph Agas, George Vertue
Usage terms:
Public Domain
Held by:
British Library
Maps Crace Port.1.8.

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