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Untitled [Limehouse]

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Untitled [Limehouse] : R.Horwood

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This sheet of Richard Horwood's multi-sheet map of London shows the area from Bow Common in the North to Narrow Street in the South. Points of interest include "Mr Whitings Garden", the Ratcliffe Workhouse and numerous Rope Walks. Long strands of material could be laid along these covered lanes to be twisted into rope. Horwood's map is described by Howgego as, "the largest and most important map of London from the eighteenth century." The survey took no less than nine years to complete, showing every house (with its street number, if it had one), alleyways, courts and even vacant plots. Among the subscribers to the map were the directors of the Phoenix Assurance Office to whose trustees and directors Horwood dedicated the map. At the massive scale of 26 inches to one mile, the insurers had a vested interest in the project - it would have repaid their investment in the map, affording detailed knowledge of London's potential fire risks and those in need of their insurance services! This sheet has a printed date of 1799 in the lower margin.
mapmaker: R.Horwood
place and date of publication: London 1799
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 580 x 530
ref: 37065

Price: £ 360

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