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The Tower of London and newly built St Katherines Dock are on the eastern edge of the 19th century city.<br />
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A fascinating early 19th century map of London has emerged for sale to reveal how comparatively small the city was before its incredible expansion over the Victorian century.<br />
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The finely detailed 1830 map was painstakingly produced from actual surveys made in the 1820's by celebrated English cartographers the Greenwood brothers and revealed the burgeoning city in a detail previously unseen.<br />
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It is noticeable how vast swathes of the modern city were still canals, ponds and green fields at this date, with remote Greenwich some distance from the centre, and Kensington and Chelsea mainly pasture.<br />
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The Oval and Lords cricket grounds are freshley laid out on the fringes of the capital, and even Regents Park had only just been built to the west of the medieval metropolis.<br />
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It is a similar story in the East End of London, where few people lived east of Tower Hamlets other than a small settlement in Hackney and a few areas in the developing Docklands.<br />
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Dominic Winter are selling the fascinating snapshot of the great city's history with a £5000 estimate.