Gill’s London

By GILL, Macdonald, 1932 

Map of Central London

British Isles London
  • Author: GILL, Macdonald
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: 55 Broadway Westminster
  • Publication date: 1932.
  • Physical description: Chromolithograph map.
  • Dimensions: 1020 by 1520mm (40.25 by 59.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 10844

Notes

Macdonald Gill’s rare pictorial map of central London.

The plan stretches west to east from Marble Arch to the City of London, and north to south from King’s Cross Station to Westminster. Gill marks the boroughs with their coat-of-arms, each train and underground station is marked by a red building, and all public buildings are named. The plan is replete with numerous blocks of text, providing information upon the history of the city. To the right and left are the 23 coats-of-arms of the London boroughs; and to the border is a laudatory poem:

Though clash of arms gives way to peace
And League of Nations calls the halt
And warring Martians bow to Jove
Our London constant was as is

Constant though all Her many trials
Of rise and fall within her gates
Of mercenaries and merchantmen
Or civic functionaries displaced she stands

Stands still unmoved and ever dear
To tens of thousands round the world
The centre of a vast domain
O domine dirige nos