A rare and detailed plan of late Georgian London

By LANGLEY, Edward, & William BELCH, 1812 

Langley and Belch’s New Map of London.

British Isles London
  • Author: LANGLEY, Edward, & William BELCH
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published as the Act directs, by Langley & Belch, No.173 High St. Borough
  • Publication date: May 1st, 1812.
  • Physical description: Engraved plan, fine original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, 24 vignette views of London landmarks above and below plan.
  • Dimensions: 545 by 790mm (21.5 by 31 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1970

Notes

The plan shows the intended construction of two bridges across the Thames: that at Vauxhall, opened in 1816, and the other near the Strand, here named Strand Bridge but upon its opening in 1817 renamed Waterloo Bridge. The border is marked off in half miles, with the plan itself divided into lettered squares for use with Langley and Belch’s Companion to their new map of London’.

Above and below the plan are 24 views of London landmarks; they are in order from upper left to lower right: St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Bridge, Bank, Lambeth Palace, Royal Exchange, Greenwich Hospital, Monument, Chelsea Hospital, Charing Cross, the Tower of London, Horse Guards, London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Hall, The Admiralty, India House, Mansion House, the London Docks, West India Docks, East India Docks, The Queen’s Palace in St. James’s Park, Blackfriars Bridge, Somerset House, and the Guildhall.

Scale: 3 3/4 inches to 1 statute mile. 

Bibliography

  1. Howgego 256 (1).
    • Howgego, J. (1978). Printed maps of London, circa 1553–1850. Folkestone: Dawson.