So the weather’s been pretty foul this past week. And more ice-hail doom and water-borne misery is on its way, as demonstrated by the endless troupe of BBC reporters cagouled up to the eyeballs desperately trying to describe the wetness of the rain and windyness of the wind. So, if you look out the window and the rain is horizontally flying across London’s fair streets, you’d be forgiven for giving the lunchtime walk a miss. But thanks to the good people at the British Library, you can still explore. Check out the Crace collection of maps. I’ve put one above to show how awesome it is – a drawn map of London in 1700. But that’s not all, there’s plans of various houses (and a temporary kitchen erected for a coronation), plus a map called “London. A guide for cuntrey men in the famous cittey of London by the helpe of wich plot they shall be able to know how far it is to any street”.And even better, you can overlay the one you like onto GoogleMaps so you can see the shifting streets of London through the years.
So put your phone on DND, get a sarnie and have a look. W