Information Not extant on any other Plan”

By JEFFERYS, Thomas, 1772 

A New Plan of the City and Liberty of Westminster… [and] A New Plan of the city of London and Borough of Southwark, Exhibiting all the New Streets, Roads &c. Not extant in any other Plan.

British Isles London
  • Author: JEFFERYS, Thomas
  • Publication place: [London
  • Publisher: Thomas Jefferys
  • Publication date: c. 1772].
  • Physical description: Two engraved companion maps, one of Westminster, and the other of the City of London and Southwark, original hand-colour in outline.
  • Dimensions: 470 by 585mm (18.5 by 23 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1469

Notes

These two companion plans exhibit a great deal of detailed information. Jefferys’ boast that much of the information was Not extant on any other Plan” is in many ways borne out by the numerous tables, which contain information on the Great Offices of State, such as the master of the horse and the Board of Green Cloth; the Chief Magistrates of Westminster; and, most interestingly, the Parishes in Surrey and Middlesex which were in and outside the boundaries of the Bills of Mortality. The Bills of Mortality were set up at the end of the sixteenth century, in response to an outbreak of the plague. They initially recorded the number of deaths upon a weekly basis, however by the time of the publication of the map the bills included baptisms, cause of death and age of the deceased. The plan also shows the newly built Westminster and Blackfriars Bridges, together with the new roads. The Savoy is marked (later the site of the hotel) as belonging to the Duchy of Lancaster. The Duchy then, as now, is used to provide income for the British monarch.

Scale: 6 3/4 inches to one statute mile. 

Bibliography

  1. Howgego 122 (3).
    • Howgego, J. (1978). Printed maps of London, circa 1553–1850. Folkestone: Dawson.