Kelly's Post Office Directory Map Of London 1857 MAPCO

Kelly's Post Office Directory Map Of London 1857

Kilburn & St John's Wood Belsize Park, Kentish Town, Primrose Hill, St John's Wood, & Regent's Park Kentish Town, Camden Town, Agar Town, & Euston Square Islington & New River Head Kingsland, Dalston, De Beauvoir Town, Hoxton, & Shoreditch Homerton, Hackney, Victoria Park, Globe Town, & Bethnal Green Hackney Wick, Victoria Park, Oldford, & Bow Map Title, Stratford, West Ham, West Ham Abbey, West Ham Abbey Marsh, & Bow
Paddington, Bayswater, & Kesington Gardens Regent's Park, Portman Square, Hyde Park, Park Lane, Grosvenor Square, Knightsbridge, & Hyde Park Corner Brunswick Square, Cavendish Square, Oxford Street, Hanover Square, Soho Square, Berkley Square, Piccadilly, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, Strand, Green Park, St James's Park, Westminster & The River Thames Charter House, West Smithfield, Holborn, Lincolns Inn Field, Newgate Street, Old Bailey, Cheapside, St Paul's Church Yard, Fleet Street, Ludgate Hill, The River Thames, Hungerford Suspension Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Bankside, & Southwark Shoreditch, Bishopsgate Street, Cheapside, Poultry, Cornhill, Whitechapel, Goodmans Fields, The Tower, St Katharine's Dock, The River Thames, Southwark Bridge, London Bridge, Southwark, Borough High Street, & Bermondsey Whitechapel, Mile End, London Dock, The River Thames, The Pool, & Rotherhithe Mile End Road, City of London & Tower Hamlets Cemetery, Bow Common, Bromley New Town, Limehouse, Polpar, West India Docks, The River Thames, Limehouse Reach, Rotherhithe, & Commercial Docks Bromley, West Ham Abbey Marsh, Canning Town, River Lea, Bromley Marsh, West India Dock, East India Dock, Blackwall, The River Thames, Blackwall Reach, & Bucsby's Marshes
Kensington, Brompton, Earls Court, West Brompton, London & Westminster Cemetery, River Thames, & Battersea Bridge Brompton, Belgrave Square, Pimlico, Chelsea, River Thames, Chelsea Reach, Battersea, & Battersea Park Pimlico, Westminster, River Thames, Lambeth Reach, Westminster Bridge, Vauxhall Bridge, Battersea New Town, Vauxhall, & Lambeth Lambeth, Newington, Walworth New Town, Kennington, & Camberwell Bermondsey, Locks Fields, Walworth, & Camberwell Rotherhithe & Peckham New Town Commercial Docks, Deptford, River Thames, Limehouse Reach, Greenwich Reach, West India Timber Dock, & Isle Of Dogs West India Timber Dock, Isle Of Dogs, River Thames, Greenwich Reach, Blackwall Reach, Greenwich, East Greenwich, Greenwich Marshes, & Bucsby's Marshes

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The Map

Full Title:
London 1857. Drawn & Engraved Expressly For The Post Office Directory.
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Cover Title:
Post Office Directory Map Of London With Patent Index.
Index Title:
A New Map Of London, Copied By Permission, From The "Post Office London Directory", With Patent Index, Enabling Any Place To Be Found On The Map With Mathematical Certainty.
Price: Two Shillings Plain ; Three Shillings Coloured.
Showing The New Postal Districts.
London: Kelly & Co., Post Office Directory Printing Offices, 18 to 21 Old Boswell Court, Clements Inn, Strand (W.C.)
69.1cm x 39.1cm (27¼" x 15½")
3" : 1 statute mile
Dalston - East India Docks - Camberwell - Bayswater.

Folding paper map, with hard cover. Shows new Postal Districts boundaries, hand coloured in outline. Title and imprint at top right. Scale in bottom margin. Very early Tape Indicator Map, with full index and references to every street shown on map.

Recorded in Hyde as D. & H. (Howgego) No. 404 (6).

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A note in the bottom margin (bottom right) reads:

Printed by Maclure, Macdonald & Macgregor's New Patent Machine.
37 Walbrook, London.

This hand coloured map of London is highly detailed, and is the earliest example of a Tape Indicator Map that MAPCO has ever come across.

Tape Indicator Maps were extremely popular from the 1880s onwards, with examples by C. Smith & Son (63 Charing Cross, & 56, St. Martin's Lane, Charing Cross), George Philip & Son Ltd., (32, Fleet Street, London, E.C.), and later, E.J. Larby.

The MAPCO collection includes several examples of these common maps, including:

  • c1910 - Philip's Tape Indicator Map of London. Divided in Quarter-Mile Squares for Reference and for Measuring Distances.
    (George Philip & Son Ltd., 32, Fleet Street, London, E.C.)
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Click To View The Indicator Tape
The presence of the cloth Indicator Tape in Kelly's Post Office Directory Map Of London 1857 has resulted in staining across the width of the map. The staining is most visible in the centre folded map sections, where the tape was stored. It is less visible in the bottom map sections (those that were folded in second), and quite faint across the top sections (folded in last). The tape is still attached to the map by the original brass swivel, resulting in some tearing of the map where it is attached (see image above).

The map comes with a full "Patent Index" of streets, with a reference for locating them on the map using the Indicator Tape. Details on how to use the Index and Indicator Tape are included on the first page of the Index (see Explanation image below). The Index concludes with an advertisement for Kelly & Co.'s Post Office Directories, including a list of Country Directories, and, surprisingly, The Post Office London Directory for 1860, indicating that this 1857 Map of London was still being sold by Kelly & Co. three years on.

View The Index Title Page

Title Page
View The Tape Use Instructions

Explanation Of Index To Map
View Kelly's Directories Advertisement

Ad For Kelly's Post Office Directories

How To Use These Map Pages

Use the thumbnail map at the top of each page to navigate your way around the map.

Hovering your mouse pointer over the thumbnails will highlight the individual sections, and display a pop-up message showing the area covered by that section of the map. Click the desired area to jump to a page displaying a full size image of the map section. You will need to scroll down the page a little to see the image of the map.

A coloured thumbnail image on the thumbnail map at the top of the page will show you which section of the entire map you are currently viewing.

Click To Enlarge

Once you are viewing the desired map section, you can click on the map image to view an enlarged image of that section.

Clicking on the map images allows you to switch back and forth ('toggle') between the normal sized image and the enlarged view of the section.



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