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Edward Stanford: Stanford's Map of the County of London - Sheet 8

Map: LDN6570
Cartographer: Edward Stanford
Title: Stanford's Map of the County of London - Sheet 8
Date: 1894
Published: London
Width: 17 inches / 44 cm
Height: 14 inches / 36 cm
Map ref: LDN6570
This section of Stanford's magnificent 20-sheet Map of the County of London covers central London from Westminster and Euston in the west to Whitechapel and Wapping in the east. It includes the whole of the City of London, the West End, Bloomsbury, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Wapping, and Clerkenwell, as well as parts of Westminster, Lambeth, Southwark, Bermondsey, Islington King's Cross, and Bethnal Green.

Stanford's Map of the County of London, first issued by Stanford's in 1894, was a revolutionary new map of the city and was almost certainly conceived as a replacement for their previous flagship product, Stanford's Library Map of London. While not quite as detailed as the Library Map (the scale was reduced from 6-inches-to-the-mile to 4-inches-to-the-mile), Stanford's Map of the County of London extended much further outside of the city into the suburbs. Whereas the Library map stopped at Fulham and the Isle of Dogs, this new map of London extended all the way to Brentford and Woolwich, areas which previously had not been thought of as part of London, but which were amalgamated into the newly-created County of London in 1889.

Recognizing the inevitable outward spread of development, Stanford's launched a brand new map of the County, designed around strong, bold colours and clean lines. Major roads are in yellow, parks are green, built-up areas are orange, and undeveloped land is white. Contemporary reviewers raved about the clarity and readability of the map and were struck by how much open land still remained within the new boundaries of the County of London. Stanford's map of the County of London was re-issued, with updates, in 1900, 1904, and several times thereafter into the 1920s. While customers could purchase individual sheets of the map as well, it was generally sold either as a collection of 20 loose sheets or it could be joined, mounted on linen, and folded into a leather case for storage on a library bookshelf.

Printed colour. [LDN6570]