Map of the City of London, 1593 by John Norden

Map of the City of London, 1593

John Norden

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Map of the City of London, 1593

John Norden

This 1593 map of London is by John Norden and is the direct forebear of the modern London A-Z. This image is taken from John Norden's 'Speculum Britainiae' (literally: 'Mirror of Britain'), re-issued after Norden's death and sold by Peter Stent of Newgate. Around the edges of the map appear the coats of arms of the twelve most influential and wealthy city guilds: the 'Great Liveries'. Guild members became known as liverymen because they wore a distinctive livery or uniform. At top right is the Merchant Tailors company, which made tents and padded tunics during the Middle Ages. This is reflected by the tent motif on the coat of arms.

The text under the map reads: A guide for Cuntrey men In the famous Cittey of LONDON by the helpe of wich plot they shall be able to know how farr it is to any Street, As allso to go unto the Same without forder troble. Anno 1653.

Below the map is the key with locations including White crosse steet, Blacke fryers, Thredneedle street, Leaden hall streete, Puddin lane, Boo lane, Lambeth hill and Pie Corner.

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  • Image ref: c13758-39
  • The British Library Board

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