Rocque’s Index to his monumental 24 sheet plan of London

By ROCQUE, John, 1747 
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An Alphabetical Index of the Streets, Squares, Lanes, Alleys, &c. contained in the Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster and Borough of Southwark, with the contiguous buildings; engraved by John Pine Bluemantle Pursuivant at Arms, and Chief Engraver of Seals, &c. to His Majesty; from a actual Survey made by John Rocque; And printed on Twenty-four Sheets of Imperial Paper; With References for the easy finding the said Places.

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  • Author: ROCQUE, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Printed for John Pine, at the Golden Head oppsite Burlington House in Piccadilly; and John Tinney, at the Golden Lyon in Fleet Street
  • Publication date: 1747.
  • Physical description: Quarto (280 by 225mm), i‑xii, pp.46 index, table of contents, modern grey paper boards, title to spine.
  • Inventory reference: 15326

Notes

Rocque’s rare index to accompany this 24 sheet plan of Georgian London.

In the preface to the work Rocque sets out the urgent need for an accurate plan of London, in order to settle once and for all the argument of which was large Paris or London. Rocque goes on to discuss the surveying techniques used, and the encouragement they gained from the Mayor of London in his endeavour. The preface is followed by list of subscribers, an explanation to the index and and a 46 page list of alleys, banks, barns, barracks, bars, bridges, buildings, buries, and butts; closes, commons, corners, courts, and crosses; lanes; markets, marshes, mewses, mounts, orchards, parks, passages, places, and posterns; rents, roads, rows, sides, and stairs; squares; walks, walls, ways, and wharfs; yards; miscellanies; alm’s houses, hospitals, and workhouses; churches, chapels, meeting houses, church yards, and burying grounds; Company and Corporation halls and houses, and Inns of Court; inns; keys; publick and remarkable buildings and places. 

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