Cruchley’s New Plan of London in Miniature

By CRUCHLEY, [George Frederick], 1838 

Cruchley’s New Plan of London Shewing all the New and Intended Improvements to the Present Time.

British Isles London
  • Author: CRUCHLEY, [George Frederick]
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Cruchley Map Seller from Arrowsmith’s, 38 Ludgate Street. St. Pauls
  • Publication date: 1831
  • Physical description: Engraved plan, dissected and mounted on linen, hand-coloured in outline,housed within original green marbled paper slipcase, with publisher’s printed yellow label, rubbed.
  • Dimensions: 500 by 990mm. (19.75 by 39 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1752

Notes

George Frederick Cruchley (1796–1880) was a publisher of some of the clearest and most attractive London maps” (Howgego). Cruchley began his cartographic career in the publishing firm of Aaron Arrowsmith. In 1823, he set up on his own at 38 Ludgate Street until 1834, when he moved to 81 Fleet Street. It would appear that he had some help from his former employer, as much of his early output bears in the imprint From Arrowsmith’s”. He would later acquire a great deal of Arrowsmith’s stock. In 1844, he took over the stock of George and John Cary, which he republished until 1876. In 1877 his entire stock was sold at auction with many of the plates being bought by Gall and Inglis. Cruchley himself died in Brighton in 1880.

This is the third issue of his London map, which was updated to 1856. The 1831 edition shows both old and new London Bridge.

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

Bibliography

  1. Howgego 307 (5).
    • Howgego, J. (1978). Printed maps of London, circa 1553–1850. Folkestone: Dawson.