London Plotted: Plans of London Buildings c.1450-1720
by Dorian Gerhold, edited by Sheila O’Connell
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Plans of London survive in quantity from the 17th Century onwards, ranging from individual buildings to whole alleys or city blocks. They are both evocative and often very detailed; this book draws together almost 200 of the best examples held in 30 different archives or record offices. Dorian Gerhold explains how and why London’s tradition of ground plans arose, who the surveyors and their customers were and what the plans tell us about London’s buildings and their occupants.