„London addicts and map addicts…may well find the third volume of the British Atlas of Historic Towns their book of the year, indeed of almost any year. It covers the city of London from prehistoric to Tudor times and is a joy to the eye and accurate with it.“–The Guardian
No topographical record of London existed until the late 16th century, by which time much of its magnificent medieval architecture was irretrievably lost. From the 17th century, the medieval landscape was further obliterated by the widening or destruction of many old streets and lanes, and the creation of new thoroughfares. This atlas provides ten full-colour maps of the City of London from prehistoric times to the early 16th century. Long lost dimensions are now illuminated in large-scale maps, circa 1520, and in a series of detailed maps of earlier periods – including a map of pre-Roman London – showing the distribution of Iron Age sites with insets of Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age finds. Commentary by six scholars sets the topographical development of London within its historical context. There is a chapter on the problems encountered and the methods used in the reconstruction, and a gazetteer is included which provides source material for every known principal building, street, lane and alley of the medieval period.