Old Map of South London in 1862 by Edward Stanford - Streatham, Tooting, Mitcham, Norbury - SW17, SW16, CR4
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Originally hailed as "the most perfect map of London that has ever been issued" by the Royal Geographical Society when it was published in 1862, it's safe to say that Edward's Stanford's library map of London was a masterpiece of cartography.
This map looks great at sizes: 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm), and 24x30 inches (61x76cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 56x70 inches (140x180cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (51x40.5cm) version of this map.
The fifth listing image shows an example of my map personalisation service.
Please note the unframed 24x30 inches (60x75cm) map has white edges around the map. These edges can help you with framing, or if you don’t need them they are very easy to snip off with scissors. All other maps, including the framed maps, look exactly like the listing images.
At 12x16 inches (30x40cm) the writing is very small. The map is still very attractive, but you will struggle to read the smallest labels.
The map was originally published in 24 sheets. Altogether the map would've measured about 2 metres wide (78 inches). This here is sheet 22, which focuses on the towns of Tooting and Streatham in the south London boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth.
What is really apparent in this map is just how much of the south London suburbs used to be parks and fields. Tooting Common and Streatham Common are here of course, but most of the map is fields back in 1862!
On this map you can clearly see: Mitcham, Streatham Park, Tooting, Streatham, Norbury (then Norbury House), the very long Streatham highstreet, and all sorts of cool old things - like the Streatham Steeple Chase Course. Back when Steeple Chase was more of a thing...
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone from this part of London or who has north London in their heart!
This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.