Wren’s Map of London 1744


In his 18th century map, Sir Christopher Wren, a well-known and respected architect of the time, illustrates his plan for the reconstructing of London after the devastating 1666 Great Fire of London, in which most of the city was destroyed. Wren utilised the fire and its destruction as a means of dramatically redesigning the city centre. The map encompasses London on the north side of the River Thames from Great Tower Hill to Strand Bridge and highlights the proposed locations of markets, churches, bridges, piazzas and warehouses. In the lower left-hand corner of the map, we can see Thamesis, the God of rivers after which the River Thames got its name. The map further includes a highly useful Explanation of the Plan along the bottom section.

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