Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields
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This is a highly decorative and extremely rare old map of London from 1799 by Thomas Milne. It is presented here in the original handcoloured form. This map has been lovingly restored by The Unique Maps Co. at its workshop in London, but it still looks delightfully old and characterful.
This map has many interesting details - notably, the exact use of almost every field (of which there were many in 1799!) 20 miles around London. Look at the key in the top left of the map and see what each of the colours means.
Back in 1799, only really the City of Westminster, City of London and Southwark had been built up. The rest of London was mostly villages and towns surrounded by arable land. The stretch of land between Clapham Common, Brixton, Camberwell and Lewisham - today one of the most densely populated residential areas in the world - is all just empty fields.
This section of the map mostly shows the stretch of London that's below the Thames, though it also has Chelsea, Fulham, Hammersmith, Kensington and Ealing. I also have the northern section if you prefer.
If you'd like the whole map, both north and south, please get in touch and we'll discuss it.
The fifth listing image shows what the map looks like with an added personalisation.
This is a gorgeous map. Old maps of London from the 1700s are exceedingly rare - and one with this level of detail, and handcoloured, is even rarer.
This map looks great at all sizes, from 18 inches (45cm) wide to 36 inches wide (91cm) all the way up to 50 inches wide (125cm), where it would look great in your hallway or above a sofa. Please note that there are white strips along the edge of the map if you buy the unframed map at smaller sizes (up to 36 inches wide) They are very easy to snip off - or they may help you with framing. The other sizes, and all framed maps, are all exactly as per the listing images.
This world map would make a perfect gift for someone who loves London or is from London, or it would look great as wall art on your own walls!
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
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.