Morden and Lea’s large and attractive plan of London and the surrounding country

By MORDEN, Robert and LEA, Philip, 1700 

This Actuall Survey of London, Westminster & Southwark is Humbly Dedicated to Ye Ld Mayor & Court of Aldermen. By Ro. Morden, Phil. Lea, Chr. Browne.

British Isles London
  • Author: MORDEN, Robert and LEA, Philip
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Sold by Philip Lea at the Atlas & Hercules in Cheapside and by Christopher Browne at the Globe the west end of St. Paul’s
  • Publication date: 1700.
  • Physical description: Engraved plan on two sheets joined, extending north to south from St Pancras to Southwark, and from west to east from Arlington House (Buckingham Palace) to Stepney, a few old folds reinforced, a few tears skilfully repaired, and some minor dampstaining to banner.
  • Dimensions: 655 by 1030mm (25.75 by 40.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1514


The most important public buildings are shown in elevation. Amongst them are some notable lost palaces, including Arlington House, on the present day site of Buckingham Palace. The house, built in 1675, was the residence of Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington. The freehold for the property would be sold to the Duke of Buckingham in 1702. Another palace of note is Montague House, home of the 1st Duke of Montague. It was situated on Great Russell Street, which at the time backed on to fields, and in 1759 was sold to the Trustees of the British Museum. The house would be demolished in the 1840s to make way for the modern day building. A great deal of the outlying area of the map is a patchwork of fields dotted with hamlets, such as Marylebone, St Pancras, and Cambridge Heath. Below the plan are tables giving names of the public offices, wards, and parishes; which before the Fire numbered 97 but only 62 after. There is also information on the halls and companies, markets, inns of court, prisons, palaces, and public buildings. The Thames is depicted teeming with sailing vessels, barges and watermen.

Scale: 7 1/2 inches to 1 statute mile. 


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