This remarkable map focuses on metropolitan London in the second half of the 18th century, covering from Berkshire to Canvey Island and from Sussex to Bedfordshire. The detail encapsulated in this map is wonderful, showing churches, parks, roadways, mills, regional boundaries, even the seats of various gentlemen and noblemen. A dotted line highlights the famous London Penny Post, which offered a postal system within London and its suburbs at the charge of just one penny. Although it has been disputed, Kitchin’s plan of London and its surrounding counties is thought to have been the first plan of its kind to depict the Penny Post circuit which was established in 1680 by William Dockra and Robert Murray and was the first postal system to make use of the stamp.
Image Size 24″ x 26″