Cary’s New Pocket Plan of London, Westminster and Southwark


Cary’s plan of London and suburbs, published near the close of the 18th century.

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Covering the area between Hyde Park and Wapping, this detailed city plan highlights the urban growth of London during the 1700’s. The city limits are colored in red, highlighting the extensive development in the immediately surrounding suburbs south and west. Prominent buildings and public spaces are individually labeled within the image, and wide open areas in the outskirts reflect future growth that would occur even more rapidly in the 19th century.

Also of interest are the numerous lists which fill the map’s negative spaces. Public offices and post office receiving houses reflect the rapidly increasing economic activity taking place within the city, while a list of hackney coach fares shows the predominant means of urban transportation in the 18th century.

The map was published in London by John Cary in 1794, the same year he was appointed as Surveyor of Roads by the General Post Office. Cary was one of the most influential and prolific English cartographers of the age, having produced upwards of five hundred maps during a career spanning nearly forty years. The business continued with his sons, John Jr. and George, who continued to create maps, globes, and scientific instruments into the 1820’s.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1794

Author: John Cary

Sheet Width (in): 24.25

Sheet Height (in): 16.25

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Copperplate engraving with original hand color, dissected into 16 panels and mounted on linen. Moderate discoloration visible along the vertical centerfold, and a bit of scattered soiling present in several areas. A few small areas where the linen has torn or separated. Remains in good, sturdy condition. Original marbled slipcase with publishers stamp also present and in good condition.


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