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Old Maps of Blackheath

Old Map of Blackheath, London, section

I do like a vintage map or two, as you may remember. I’ve just found two amazing sites full of lovely antique London maps… You can almost smell the fustiness of the pages. I’m sure I’m not the first to find them, but nonetheless they’re worth a look.

The image above is a tiny section of the Blackheath map on mappalondon.com. The map was made by Edward Stanford in 1862 (now better known for their travel bookshop in Covent Garden). Stanford’s still sell the whole thing as a paperback for £33, or amazon sell the CD-ROM for £27.50. If only the map just went slightly further to the east!

Here’s a slightly earlier map showing a larger scale view of the whole of London at londonancestor.com. This site has much more than just maps, with loads of old newspaper clippings and other ephemera. The map is called “The Environs of London”, and was published by Baldwin and Cradock under “the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful knowledge”. It’s always nice when useful knowledge is diffused, I say…

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