Greenwood’s majestic large-scale plan of London

By GREENWOOD, Christopher, 1827 

Map of London from an actual Survey made in the Years 1824.1825 & 1826. By C. and J. Greenwood.

British Isles London
  • Author: GREENWOOD, Christopher
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published, By the Proprietors, Greenwood, Pringle and Co. 13, Regent Street, Pall Mall
  • Publication date: August 21st, 1827.
  • Physical description: Large engraved map on six sheets, dissected and mounted on linen, fine original outline hand-colour, housed with green morocco pull-off slipcase, lettered in gilt to spine.
  • Dimensions: 1290 by 1880mm. (50.75 by 74 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1731

Notes

Christopher and John Greenwood state in the title that the plan was made from an Actual Survey”, which had taken three years. Plans at the time were often copied from older surveys, or re-issued with minor updating; so conducting a new survey was indeed something to boast about. The plan, which was finely engraved by James and Josiah Neele, is stylistically similar to the Ordnance Survey maps of the time, although it was engraved on a much larger scale of 8 inches to the mile, compared to the OS one inch to the mile. It includes detailed depictions of streets, houses, public buildings, parks, squares, woods, plantations, rivers, hills, windmills; also the marking of the boundaries of the City of London, Westminster, Southwark, Rules of the King’s Bench & Fleet Prison, Clink Liberty, counties and parishes. Below the plan is a dedication to George IV, which is flanked by views of Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Scale: 8 inches to 1 statute mile. 

Bibliography

  1. Howgego 309 state (1).
    • Howgego, J. (1978). Printed maps of London, circa 1553–1850. Folkestone: Dawson.