London, 1845
August 11, 2010 3:04 PM   Subscribe

A two-part panorama of London originally made in 1845 by the Illustrated London News, later updated with text descriptions. Other formats can be found on the blog post.

While it may seem like the panoramas go on forever when pulling left or right, there are actually only two which repeat.
posted by gman (8 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks - it's great when The Great Wen gets drawn like this.
posted by Abiezer at 3:15 PM on August 11, 2010

Ah jeez, that's pretty.
posted by New England Cultist at 5:34 PM on August 11, 2010

Nice find, gman.
posted by carter at 6:01 PM on August 11, 2010

I have several panoramas of London, mostly bought from the London Topographical Society which is fantastic. If you're a map goob or a London goob then their range of facsimile and reproduction maps and plans is irresistible; if you're both then it's practically pornography.

I particularly recommend 'The 'Rhinebeck' Panorama of London, c.1810' which is astonishing; and 'Barker's Panorama of London from the Roof of the Albion Mills', dating from 1792, by the man who not only patented the concept of the panorama but who also invented the word for it. Also specially fine is 'Devastated London; the Bombed City as seen from a Barrage Balloon by Cecil Brown, 1945' (note: when it says 'City' that means the City of London, which is only a small area in the centre of what is properly called Greater London these days. But it's still an awesome map.)
posted by Hogshead at 6:55 PM on August 11, 2010

This 1560 map was interesting too, especially The Spital fields.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 11:07 PM on August 11, 2010

If you like to poke around way to closely at old maps of London, check out the Map of Early Modern London Project at the University of Victoria. Based on the Agas Map, it's a free-to-the-public map with a steadily growing body of keyed landmarks, churches, historical sites, etc., all of which are linked with articles (or will be one day; lots of them are waiting to be written).

I'm a research assistant on the project right now, so I've spent tons of time looking at the city block by block. I've linked to the full-screen version of the interface.
posted by scdjpowell at 1:33 AM on August 12, 2010

Not sure if I'm a few years out, but...

A lot of those ships you see in the Thames are prison hulks, permanently anchored. And they were getting so over crowded, this was one of the reasons convicts were sent to places such as Australia.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 2:28 AM on August 12, 2010

Thank you (all) so much for this post and the follow up links. I am indeed both a map goob and a London goob* so I loved it.

* Assuming goob means what I initially inferred it to mean, i.e. roughly geek, and not some of the more unpleasant definitions the internet offers me.
posted by Slyfen at 1:42 PM on August 13, 2010

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