Did you have ancestors’ from London? Explore this edition of London in the olden time. The publication is a topographical and historical memoir of London, Westminster and Southwark.
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The London in the Olden Time with a pictorial map of the city and its suburbs was written by William Newton and published in 1538 is a topographical and historical memoir of London, Westminster and Southwark.
In the publications preface, William Newton writes ‘The advantages which a correct map of the City of London, of Westminster, and the Borough of Southwark, as the existed in the olden time, would present to the archaeological student, couple with a desire to foster among the citizens of London a feeling of veneration for the relics of antiquity which they still possess, suggested to the author the idea of collection from many of the fragmentary records of the metropolis materials for representing the ancient city in graphic form.’
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