Friday, 13 January 2017

On Shooters Hill in 1872

I am on one of those journeys and I am pretty much going to let the map do the business.  

We are on Shooters Hill in 1872 and we are looking at the OS map of London for that year.

Now maps especially old ones can at first glance be difficult to make sense of.  So to help the Bull Inn is there almost dead centre.

It was a much bigger place than we know today and was built around 1749, although it could be older.  It was demolished in 1881 to make way for the present one.

And dotted around are the fine houses of the rich set back in their own grounds.

What I particularly like are the signs for pumps.

Picture; detail from the OS for London, 1868-72, courtesy of Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.co.uk/

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