Wyld’s Great Globe

Place of Interest in/near Leicester Square, existed between 1851 and 1862

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Place of Interest · Leicester Square · WC2H · Contributed by The Underground Map
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2017
Sectional view of Wyld’s Great Globe, which stood in Leicester Square, London 1851–62
Credit: Illustrated London News

Wyld’s Great Globe was an attraction situated in Leicester Square between 1851 and 1862.

It was constructed by James Wyld (1812–1887), a distinguished mapmaker and former Member of Parliament for Bodmin.

At the centre of a purpose-built hall was a giant globe, 60 feet 4 inches in diameter. The globe was hollow and contained a staircase and elevated platforms which members of the public could climb in order to view the surface of the earth on its interior surface, which was modelled in plaster of Paris, complete with mountain ranges and rivers all to scale. Punch described the attraction as "a geographical globule which the mind can take in at one swallow." In the surrounding galleries were displays of Wyld’s maps, globes and surveying equipment.

Wyld originally proposed that the globe should be constructed at the Great Exhibition, but its size and Wyld’s desire to run it as a promotional venture precluded it from being featured inside the Crystal Palace, so Wyld negotiated with the owners of the gardens of Leicester Square, and after much wrangling secured an agreement to site it there for ten years. The exhibition hall and model of the Earth were hastily constructed to coincide with the Great Exhibition.

In its first year the Great Globe was a resounding success, with visitor numbers second only to those of the Great Exhibition, but from 1852 onwards public interest in the attraction slowly waned. Though the novelty of a concave globe continued to win accolades for Wyld, he was faced with competition from other educational attractions, and had to adapt the entertainments on offer in order to maintain visitor numbers. Wyld held topical exhibitions and gave lectures on current events, and attempted to transfer ownership of the attraction to the "Cosmos Institute" to establish a national geographic and ethnological museum. In 1862, when Wyld’s agreement for the use of the land expired, the exhibition hall was removed and the globe broken up and sold for scrap. The complicated ownership of Leicester Square gardens, combined with Wyld’s failure to honour his agreement to restore the gardens after the removal of the exhibition building, led to extensive legal wrangling and questions in Parliament. Wyld finally sold his interests in the gardens, and in 1874 they were donated to the City of London.

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VIEW THE LEICESTER SQUARE AREA IN THE 1750s
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VIEW THE LEICESTER SQUARE AREA IN THE 1800s
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VIEW THE LEICESTER SQUARE AREA IN THE 1830s
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VIEW THE LEICESTER SQUARE AREA IN THE 1860s
The 1860 mapping is bounded by Brent Cross (NW), Stratford (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Hammermith (SW).
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VIEW THE LEICESTER SQUARE AREA IN THE 1900s
The 1900 mapping covers all of the London area.

 

Leicester Square

Leicester Square, while indeed a square, is also the name for a tube station.

Leicester Square tube station, on the Northern and Piccadilly lines, is located on Charing Cross Road, a short distance to the east of Leicester Square itself.

On early Tube plans, the station was listed as Cranbourn Street, but the present name was used when the station was first opened by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway on 15 December 1906. Offices above the red terracotta station building on the east side of Charing Cross Road - designed by Leslie Green - was in its early years also occupied by the publishers of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and an image of cricket stumps appears above a doorway. On all four platforms, film sprockets are painted down the entire length and on the top and bottom of the display area (blue on the Piccadilly line platforms, and black on the Northern line platforms), due to the four premiere cinemas in Leicester Square. The station is featured briefly during the introductory video sequence of the sixth Harry Potter film.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Birkbeck College:   Higher education institutions
British Museum:   Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history.
Charing Cross:   Charing Cross denotes the junction of the Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street, just south of Trafalgar Square in central London. It gives its name to several local landmarks, including Charing Cross railway station, one of the main London rail termini.
Children’s Hospital School at Gt Ormond Street and UCH:   Foundation special school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 16.
Covent Garden:   From fruit and veg to Froo Tan Vetch
De Hems:   De Hems has become a base for London’s Dutch community, serving bitterballen and frikandellen.
Ecole Jeannine Manuel:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 18.
Fashion Retail Academy:   Miscellaneous which accepts students between the ages of 16 and 99.
Garrick Yard:   Garrick Yard, together with the more familiar Garrick Street to the northeast of here, both took their names from the Garrick Club which commemorates the famous 18th century actor, David Garrick.
Goodge Street:   Goodge Street station on London Underground's Northern Line, opened on 22 June 1907.
Harris Westminster Sixth Form:   Free schools 16 to 19 (16 plus) which accepts students between the ages of 16 and 19.
Horse Hospital :   Built as stabling for cabby’s sick horses, The Horse Hospital is now a unique Grade II listed arts venue in Bloomsbury WC1
Hospital Home and Education Units co St Mary’s Hospitial Tuition Unit:   Miscellaneous
Hungerford Stairs:   The Hungerford Stairs were the entrance point to Hungerford Market from the River Thames. They are now the site of Charing Cross railway Station.
Institute of Education:   Higher education institutions
Leicester Square:   Leicester Square, while indeed a square, is also the name for a tube station.
Les Cousins:   Les Cousins was a folk and blues club in the basement of a restaurant in Greek Street.
London Hippodrome:   The Hippodrome is a building on the corner of Cranbourn Street and Charing Cross Road.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine:   Higher education institutions
L’Escargot:   L’Escargot is one of London’s oldest restaurants.
Newman Arms:   The Newman Arms has been a Fitzrovia fixture for centuries.
Northumberland House:   Northumberland House was a large Jacobean townhouse in London, which was the London residence of the Percy family, who were the Dukes of Northumberland.
On This Day in London: 1 November:   The first day of November was an important day for two London notables: William Shakespeare and W.H. Smith
On This Day in London: 2 November:   Ally Pally’s TV role started on 2 November
Piccadilly Circus:   Piccadilly Circus was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. The circus lost its circular form in 1886 with the construction of Shaftesbury Avenue.
Piccadilly Theatre:   The Piccadilly Theatre is an Art Deco masterpiece in the West End.
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art:   The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) is a drama school in London, England. It is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom, founded in 1904 by Herbert Beerbohm Tree.
Royal Society:   The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine.
Royal Society:   The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine.
Russell Square:   Russell Square station, now on London's Piccadully Line, was opened by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway on 15 December 1906. The building was designed by Leslie Green and is a Grade II listed building.
Scala Theatre:   Scala Theatre was a theatre in London, sited on Charlotte Street, off Tottenham Court Road. The first theatre on the site opened in 1772, and was demolished in 1969, after being destroyed by fire.
School of Oriental and African Studies:   Higher education institutions
Soho:   Soho is a world-famous area of the City of Westminster and part of the West End of London.
Soho Parish CofE Primary School:   Soho Parish Church of England School is a voluntary-aided primary which accepts pupils between the ages of 4 and 11.
St Giles:   St Giles is a district of London, at the southern tip of the London Borough of Camden.
St James's Park:   Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit St James's Park, the oldest of the capital's eight Royal Parks.
St James’s:   St James’s is an exclusive area in the West End of London.
St James’s Park:   
St Matthew’s School, Westminster:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St. James's Park:   St James's Park station is not only a station but London Underground HQ - otherwise known as 55 Broadway.
The Royal Ballet School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 19.
Tottenham Court Road:   Tottenham Court Road runs from St Giles' Circus (the junction of Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road) north to Euston Road.
University of London:   Higher education institutions
Victoria Tower Gardens:   
West End Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Westminster:   Westminster - heart of government.
Westminster Abbey:   Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is one of the world’s greatest churches.
Westminster Abbey Choir School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 8 and 13.
Westminster School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 12 and 19.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Buses outside the National Gallery:   Buses outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square (1927).
Fairyland:   During the period leading up to and during the First World War, 92 Tottenham Court Road was the location of a shooting range called Fairyland.
Parker Street looking east (1905):   Before being renamed to Matthew Parker Street, old Parker Street was a Westminster slum.
Queen's Arms (1890):   Photographed in 1890, the Queen's Arms - on the corner of Tottenham Street and Charlotte Street - lay in the heart of Fitzrovia.
Tottenham Court Road (1927):   The area through which Tottenham Court Road was built is mentioned in the Domesday Book as belonging to the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral.


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WC1A · Bloomsbury Street, WC1B · Bloomsbury Way, WC1A · Blue Bridge, SW1A · Bourchier Street, W1D · Bray House, SW1Y · Brewer Street, W1D · Brewer Street, W1F · Brewers Green, SW1H · Bridge Street, SW1A · Bridle Lane, W1F · British Museum, WC1B · Broad Sanctuary, SW1H · Broad Sanctuary, SW1P · Broadway, SW1H · Broadwick Street, W1F · Bromley Place, W1T · Brydges Place, WC2N · Buckingham Street, WC2N · Bucknall Street, WC2H · Bury Place, WC1A · Butler Place, SW1H · Byng Place, WC1E · Cambridge Circus, WC2H · Cannon Street, WC2N · Canon Row, SW1A · Capper Street, WC1E · Carlisle Street, W1D · Carlisle Walk, E8 · Carlton Gardens, SW1Y · Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y · Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y · Carriage Hall, WC2E · Carteret Street, SW1H · Castlewood House, WC1A · Caxton Street, SW1H · Cecil Court, WC2N · Centre Point House, WC2H · Chandos Place, WC2N · Chapone Place, W1D · Charing Cross Mansions, WC2H · Charing Cross Road, WC2H · Charing Cross, SW1A · Charles Ii Street, SW1Y · Charlotte Mews, W1T · Charlotte Place, W1T · Charlotte Street, W1T · Chenies Mews, WC1E · Chenies Street, WC1E · Ching Court, WC2H · Chitty Street, W1T · Chubb Court, SW20 · Church Place, SW1Y · Coach Road, NW1 · Cockspur Street, SW1Y · Colonnade, WC1N · Colville Place, W1T · Coptic Street, WC1A · Coram Street, WC1H · Coram Street, WC1N · Covent Garden, WC2E · Covent Garden, WC2H · Coventry Street, W1D · Cowley Street, SW1P · Cranbourn Street, WC2H · Craven Passage, WC2N · Craven Street, WC2N · Dacre Street, SW1H · Dansey Place, W1D · Darblay Street, W1F · Dartmouth Street, SW1H · Darwin Walk, WC1E · Dean Farrar Street, SW1H · Dean Street, W1D · Deans Yard, SW1P · Denman Street, W1D · Denmark Place, WC2H · Denmark Street, WC2H · Derby Gate, SW1A · Downing Street, SW1A · Duck Island Cottage, SW1A · Duck Lane, W1F · Dudley Court, WC2H · Duke Of York Street, SW1Y · Duke Street, SW1Y · Duncannon Street, WC2N · Durham House Street, WC2N · Dyott Street, WC1A · Eagle Place, SW1Y · Earlham Street, WC2H · East Street, TW8 · Eastcastle Street, W1T · Endell Street, WC2H · Evelyn Yard, W1T · Excel Court, WC2H · Falconberg Court, W1D · First Floor, W1T · Fitzroy Street, W1T · Flaxman Court, W1F · Flichcroft Street, WC2H · Flitcroft Street, WC2H · Floral Street, WC2E · Foundling Court, WC1N · Frith Street, W1D · Galen Place, WC1A · Garrick Street, WC2E · George Court, WC2N · Germyn Street, SW1Y · Gerrard Place, W1D · Gerrard Street, W1D · Gilbert Place, WC1A · Glasshouse Street, W1B · Goodge Place, W1T · Goodge Street, W1T · Goodwins Court, WC2N · Gordon Mansions, WC1E · Gordon Square, WC1H · Goslett Yard, W1D · Goslett Yard, WC2H · Gower Street, WC1E · Grafton Way, WC1E · Grape Street, WC2H · Great Chapel Street, W1F · Great College Street, SW1P · Great Court, WC1B · Great George Street, SW1P · Great Newport Street, WC2H · Great Peter Street, SW1P · Great Pulteney Street, W1F · Great Russell Street, W1T · Great Russell Street, WC1A · Great Russell Street, WC1B · Great Scotland Yard, SW1A · Great Smith Street, SW1P · Great Windmill Street, W1F · Greek Court, WC2H · Greek Street, W1D · Greens Court, W1F · Gresse Street, W1T · Guilford Street, WC1B · Ham Yard, W1D · Hanway Place, W1T · Hanway Street, W1T · Haymarket, SW1Y · Henrietta Street, WC2E · Herbrand Street, WC1N · High Holborn, WC2A · High Holborn, WC2B · Hobhouse Court, WC2H · Holland Street, W1F · Hollen Street, W1F · Hop Gardens, WC2N · Hopkins Street, W1F · Horse and Dolphin Yard, W1D · Horse Guards Avenue, SW1A · Horse Guards Parade, SW1A · Horse Guards Road, SW1A · Howick Place, SW1P · Howland Street, W1T · Huntley Street, WC1E · Hyde Park, SW1A · Ingestre Court, W1F · Ingestre Place, W1F · Irving Street, WC2H · Jermyn Street, SW1A · Jermyn Street, SW1Y · John Street, SE11 · Kemp’s Court, W1F · Keppel Street, WC1E · King Charles Street, SW1A · King Street, SW1Y · King Street, WC2E · Kinnaird House, SW1Y · Langley Court, WC2E · Langley Street, WC2H · Leicester Place, WC2H · Leicester Square, WC2H · Leicester Street, WC2H · Lexington Street Cos, W1F · Lexington Street, W1F · Lisle Street, WC2H · Litchfield Street, WC2H · Little College Street, SW1P · Little Deans Yard, SW1P · Little George Street, SW1P · Little Guildford Street · Little Newport Street, WC2H · Little Russel Street, WC1A · Little Russell Street, WC1A · Livonia Street, W1F · London Pavilion, W1J · Long Acre, WC2E · Lord North Street, SW1P · Lower James Street, W1F · Lower John Street, W1F · Lower Regent Street, SW1Y · Lowndes Court, W1F · Macclesfield Street, W1D · Maiden Lane, WC2E · Malet Place, WC1E · Malet Street, WC1E · Manette Street, W1D · Marlborough Road, SW1A · Matthew Parker Street, SW1H · May’s Court, WC2N · Meard Street, W1F · Mercer Street, WC2H · Monmouth Street, WC2H · Montague Place, WC1E · Montague Street, WC1B · Moor Street, W1D · Mortimer Market, W1T · Morwell Street, WC1B · Museum Street, WC1A · Neal Street, WC2H · Neals Yard, WC2H · New Compton Street, WC2H · New Oxford Street, WC1A · New Oxford Street, WC2H · New Row, WC2N · New Zealand House, SW1Y · Newman Passage, W1T · Newman Street, W1T · Newport Court, WC2H · Newport Place, W1D · Noel Street, W1F · Norman Shaw Building North, SW1A · Norris Street, SW1Y · North Court, SW1P · North Crescent, WC1E · North Cresent, WC1E · Northumberland Avenue, SW1A · Northumberland Avenue, WC2N · Northumberland Street, WC2N · Nottingham Court, WC2H · Oblique Museum Mansions, WC1B · Odhams Walk, WC2H · Old Compton Street, W1D · Old Pye Street, SW1P · Old Queen Street, SW1H · Orange Street, SW1Y · Orange Street, WC2H · Ormond Yard, SW1Y · Oxendon Street, W1D · Oxford Street, W1D · Pall Mall East, SW1Y · Pall Mall, SW1Y · Palmer Street, SW1H · Panton Street, W1D · Parliament Square, SW1A · Parliament Square, SW1P · Parliament Street, SW1A · Peabody Buildings, WC1N · Percy Street, W1T · Peter Street, W1F · Petty France, SW1H · Phoenix Street, WC2H · Piccadilly Circus, W1B · Piccadilly Circus, W1J · Piccadilly, SW1Y · Pied Bull Court, WC1A · Pied Bull Yard, WC1A · Plymouth Devonport Constituency, SW1A · Portland Mews, W1F · Post Office Way, SW1P · Queen Anne’s Gate, SW1H · Queen Annes Gate Buildings, SW1H · Queen Annes Gate, SW1H · Queen’s Yard, W1T · Queens Gardens, SW1A · Rathbone Place, W1T · Rathbone Place, WC1H · Rathbone Street, W1T · Richmond Buildings, W1D · Richmond House Whitehall, SW1A · Richmond Mews, W1D · Richmond Terrace, SW1A · Ridgmount Gardens, WC1E · Ridgmount Street, WC1E · Rochford Southend East, SW1A · Romilly Street, W1D · Rose and Crown Yard, SW1Y · Rose Street, WC2E · Royal Opera Arcade, SW1Y · Royalty Mews, W1D · Rupert Court, W1D · Rupert Street, W1D · Russell Court, WC1H · Russell Square House, WC1B · Russell Square, WC1B · Russell Square, WC1B · Russell Square, WC1H · Saint Giles High Street, WC2H · Saint James’s Square, SW1Y · Saint Martin’s Lane, WC2N · Saint Martin’s Court, WC2H · Saint Martin’s Place, WC2N · Scala Street, W1T · Seaforth Place, SW1E · Seven Dials Court, WC2H · Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D · Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H · Shelton Street, WC2H · Sheraton Street, W1F · Sherwood Street, W1F · Shorts Gardens, WC2H · Silver Place, W1F · Slingsby Place, WC2E · Smiths Court, W1D · Soho Square, W1D · Soho Square, WC1A · Soho Street, W1D · Sounding Alley, E3 · South Cloisters, WC1H · Spenser Street, SW1E · Spring Gardens, SW1A · St Albans Street, SW1Y · St Anne’s Court, W1F · St Anns Street, SW1P · St Giles High Street, WC2H · St James Square, SW1Y · St Jamess Chambers, SW1Y · St Jamess Market, SW1Y · St Jamess Park, SW1A · St Jamess Square, SW1Y · St Margaret Street, SW1A · St Margarets Street, SW1A · St Margarets Street, SW1P · St Martins Court, WC2N · St Martins Lane, WC2H · St Martins Lane, WC2N · St Martins Place, WC2H · St Martins Place, WC2N · St Martins Street, WC2H · St Matthew Street, SW1P · St. Ermin’s Hill, SW1H · St. Margaret Street, SW1P · St. Matthew Street, SW1P · Stacey Street, WC2H · Stedham Place, WC1A · Stephen Mews, W1T · Stephen Street, W1T · Store Street, WC1E · Storeys Gate, SW1H · Storeys Gate, SW1P · Streatham Street, WC1A · Strutton Ground, SW1P · Suffolk Place, SE2 · Suffolk Place, SW1Y · Suffolk Street, SW1Y · Sutton Row, W1D · The Arches, WC2N · The Gallery, E20 · The London Pavillion, W1J · The Mall, SW1Y · The National Gallery, WC2N · The Sanctuary, SW1P · The Terrace, SW1A · The Terrace, SW1P · Third Floor, WC1E · Thomas Neal Centre, WC2H · Thomas Neal’s shopping centre, WC2H · Thornhaugh Street, WC1B · Thornhaugh Street, WC1H · Tisbury Court, W1D · Torrington Place, WC1E · Torrington Square, WC1H · Tothill Street, SW1H · Tottenham Court Road, W1T · Tottenham Mews, W1T · Tottenham Street, W1T · Tower Court, WC2H · Tower Street, WC2H · Townsend House, W1D · Trafalgar Square, SW1Y · University Street, WC1E · Upper Saint Martin’s Lane, WC2H · Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H · Upper St Martins Lane, WC2H · Vandon Street, SW1H · Victoria Embankment, SW1A · Victoria Street, SW1H · Villiers Street, WC2N · Walker’s Court, W1F · Walkers Court, W1F · Wardour Mews, W1F · Wardour Street, W1D · Wardour Street, W1F · Warwick House Street, SW1Y · Waterloo Place, SW1Y · Wedgewood Mews, W1D · Wedgwood Mews, W1D · Wells Street, W1D · West Central Street, WC1A · West Street, WC2H · Westminster Central Hall, SW1H · Westminster Mansions, SW1P · Westminster Palace Gardens, SW1P · Westminster Pier, SW1A · Westminster, SW1A · Whitcomb Street, WC2H · Whitehall Court, SW1A · Whitehall Gardens, SW1A · Whitehall Place, SW1A · Whitehall, SW1A · Wilder Walk, W1B · William IV Street, WC2N · Willoughby Street, WC1B · Windmill Street, W1T · Winnett Street, W1D · Witley Court, WC1N · Woburn Place, WC1B · Woburn Place, WC1H · Woburn Square, WC1H · York Place, WC2N ·
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Central London, north west (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Central London, north west.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)

Cruchley's New Plan of London (1848) FREE DOWNLOAD
Cruchley's New Plan of London Shewing all the new and intended improvements to the Present Time. - Cruchley's Superior Map of London, with references to upwards of 500 Streets, Squares, Public Places & C. improved to 1848: with a compendium of all Place of Public Amusements also shewing the Railways & Stations.
G. F. Cruchley

Cary's New And Accurate Plan of London and Westminster (1818) FREE DOWNLOAD
Cary's map provides a detailed view of London. With print date of 1 January 1818, Cary's map has 27 panels arranged in 3 rows of 9 panels, each measuring approximately 6 1/2 by 10 5/8 inches. The complete map measures 32 1/8 by 59 1/2 inches. Digitising this map has involved aligning the panels into one contiguous map.
John Cary

John Rocque Map of London (1762) FREE DOWNLOAD
John Rocque (c. 1709–1762) was a surveyor, cartographer, engraver, map-seller and the son of Huguenot émigrés. Roque is now mainly remembered for his maps of London. This map dates from the second edition produced in 1762. London and his other maps brought him an appointment as cartographer to the Prince of Wales in 1751. His widow continued the business after his death. The map covers central London at a reduced level of detail compared with his 1745-6 map.
John Rocque, The Strand, London

Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1843) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured.
Chapman and Hall, London

Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1836) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured. Insets: A view of the Tower from London Bridge -- A view of London from Copenhagen Fields. Includes views of facades of 25 structures "A comparison of the principal buildings of London."
Chapman and Hall, London

Environs of London (1832) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured. Relief shown by hachures. A circle shows "Extent of the twopenny post delivery."
Chapman and Hall, London

London Underground Map (1921).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1921.
London Transport

The Environs of London (1865).  FREE DOWNLOAD
Prime meridian replaced with "Miles from the General Post Office." Relief shown by hachures. Map printed in black and white.
Published By J. H. Colton. No. 172 William St. New York

London Underground Map (1908).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1908.
London Transport

Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
Ordnance Survey. Crown Copyright 1939.

Outer London (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Outer London shown in red, City of London in yellow. Relief shown by hachures.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)
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