Cecil Court, London WC2N

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Cecil Court 1894


Cecil Court on the Map

Map of London 1799

Details from Richard Horwood’s 1799 large-scale plan of London showing Cecil Court and the surrounding area. Where The National Gallery and St Martin’s Place now stand were the Royal Mews (by then rather shabby and home to a menagerie and a store for public records) and St Martin’s Workhouse. Trafalgar Square was forty years in the future, Charing Cross Road itself was not driven through until the 1880s, Leicester Square was still residential, and Covent Garden an open Piazza, with a few sheds where the 1830’s market buildings are now. Cecil Court, named for the landowners the Marquesses of Salisbury, was laid out towards the end of the seventeenth century and still follows its old course

Cecil Court on the Map 1572 - 1935
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Braun & Hogenberg A detail from Braun & Hogenberg’s plan of London, 1572
Joseph Smith A detail from Joseph Smith’s New and Exact Plan of London, 1724
Richard Horwood Details from Richard Horwood’s 1799 large-scale plan of London (detail)
Richard Horwood A further detail from Horwood's map.
Greenwood Part of Greenwood’s map of London, 1842
Cary Detail from Cary’s New Plan of London, 1854
Stanford Stanford’s Library Map of London and its Suburbs of c. 1881
Stanford Ordnance Survey: a detail from the survey of 1894-96
Stanford G.W.Bacon: a detail from Bacon’s New Atlas of London and Suburbs, 1900
Leicester Square station London Underground: ¼ mile around Leicester Square station, prepared by Stanford’s in 1935.
A linen-backed poster lithographed in 4 colours for London Transport in 1935. The map was prepared by Stanford’s Geographical Establishment, the famous firm of cartographic publishers and retailers on Long Acre. The poster was printed in very small numbers and intended for display inside the station only, a fore-runner of the local area maps which enable modern Tube passengers to identify exactly where they are in relation to the surrounding streets before they emerge blinking into the daylight.