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1. Introduction and About the Map click

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3. Source of Images and Copyright click



The publication of Richard Horwood's 32 plate 26 inch to the mile map was completed in 1799. The plates have publication dates from 1792 to 1799. The 1799 publication lines and some of the smaller location names appear to be printed using some form of letter press rather than directly engraved?

This map is item No. 200 (1) as catalogued by James Howgego in Printed Maps of London c1553-1850. Howgego comments that this is the largest and most important London map of the eighteenth century. There was no comparable map until the first edition of the 25-inch Ordnance Survey in the 1860s. Horwood's intention was to show every house with its number, but it proved impossible to make the numbering complete as Horwood explains in his Explanation. Numbering had begun about 1735, when the practice of identifying a building by describing its location in relation to some other building, eg by, opposite, etc. was recognised as clumsy and inaccurate. In Horwood's day numbering was by no means universal. Every house was shown, nevertheless, with courts, alleys and vacant spaces away from the street frontage.

The map title, top right in sheet H1, proclaims Plan of London and Westminster, the Borough of Southwark and Parts adjoining Shewing every House. By R. Horwood. Lower right at the bottom of sheet G4 there is a dedication to the Trustees and Directors of the Phœnix Fire Office. Next to the dedication is an Explanation of the shading and numbering of buildings together with a Note offering to show more detail of a property, for a charge, if requested.



Note: The file sizes required for high quality screen presentation of maps and detailed prospects and panoramas are large and may take over a minute to download.

The original map comprises 32 pages or sheets, which do not overlap. For the purpose of indexing and screen display the map is divided into 800 large scale segments, 40 horizontally and 20 vertically. The current segmentation is to keep the size of the files for the segments containing a lot of detail to less than 500k.

The map may be accessed in two ways, either using the index of place names or by clicking on an overview image of the whole map.

Index of Names

There is an index of names, which you can access using the link in the lefthand column. It will take a minute to arrive as it contains nearly 5500 entries. This index includes all the named streets and other locations with the original spellings as they appear on the map. The index does not include features on the map which are not named on the map itself, you need to select a nearby location. You can scroll down the index with the scroll bar, or click on the index and then use the Page Up/Down and Home keys or the Up/Down Arrows.

Clicking on a name in the index will access the (large scale) segment of the map containing that location. You can then move to adjacent segments by clicking on the North, South, East and West links. The pages of the map do not overlap and a segment at the edge of a page will not overlap with the adjacent segment on the next page, however within a page there is some overlap between the segments. You can move the images either using the scroll bars, or click on the image and then use the Page Up/Down and Home keys or the Up/Down and Left/Right Arrows.

The images of the (800) large scale segments will appear in this window. There is a link to an overview image of the page of the map containing that segment. If you click on the link the page overview image appears in a second widow called "PAGE OVERVIEW". You can refer back to this as necessary, but need to close it when no longer required. If you access another page overview it will overwrite the previous one in the "PAGE OVERVIEW" window. If you click on the page overview image you will select the large scale segment containing that location, which will appear in the main window with the index on the left.

Overview Map

There are two overviews of the complete map. These appear in a third window called "MAP OVERVIEW". The first overview map is linked to overview images of the 32 pages of the map. If you click on this overview map the overview of that page of the map will appear in the "PAGE OVERVIEW" window referred to above. Clicking on the map page overview image will access the large scale map segment, containing that location. The large scale map segments appear in this window.

There is a second larger map overview which is linked directly to the large scale map segments Clicking on this overview map will access directly the large scale map segment containing that location. The large scale segment will appear in this window. The overview of the whole map remains in the "MAP OVERVIEW" window until you close it.



The images were photographed digitally from an original map in the Motco collection.

The copyright of the (digital) images is owned by Motco. They may only be copied for personal use, which specifically excludes use on a website. If you require access to the images for commercial or other use, in hard copy or digital form, please contact Motco.






































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