Cruchley’s rare plan of early Victorian London
By CRUCHLEY, George Frederick, 1833
Cruchley’s New Plan of London and Its Environs.
- Author: CRUCHLEY, George Frederick
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Engraved & Published By Cruchley, Mapseller, No.81 Fleet Street
- Publication date: Jan. 1st, 1833.
- Physical description: Engraved plan, fine original outline hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, folding into original green marbled paper slipcase, with publisher’s label, rubbed.
- Dimensions: 1350 by 1440mm (53.25 by 56.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 2455
George Frederick Cruchley (1796–1880) was a publisher of “some of the clearest and most attractive London maps” (Howgego). The present map, published on a scale of almost five inches to the mile, was first issued in 1828; it extends north to south from Highgate to Dulwich, and west to east from Hammersmith to Greenwich. London’s parliamentary constituencies of: City of London, Westminster, Southwark, Marylebone, Islington, Tower Hamlets, and Lambeth are marked. Cruchley would re-issue the plan several times for the following 20 years, each time updating it with the latest additions.
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 brought by Gall and Inglis. Cruchley himself passed away in Brighton in 1880.
- Howgego 317a (3).
- Howgego, J. (1978). Printed maps of London, circa 1553–1850. Folkestone: Dawson.