Old Colour Map of South London in 1891 - Battersea, Chelsea, Oval, Stockwell, Wandsworth - SW3, SW1, SE11, SW8, SW11, SW9, SW4
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Originally hailed as "the most perfect map of London that has ever been issued" by the Royal Geographical Society when it was published in 1862, it's safe to say that Edward's Stanford's library map of London was a masterpiece of cartography. This here is a beautifully handcoloured map from the 1891 edition of Stanford's map.
The map was originally published in 24 sheets. Altogether the map would've measured about 2 metres wide (78 inches). This here is sheet 14, which focuses on Battersea and Chelsea and the south London boroughs of Wandsworth, Lambeth and Kensington and Chelsea.
On this map you can clearly see: Battersea Park, Nine Elms, Vauxhall Bridge, Chelsea, Chelsea Barracks, Chelsea Royal Hospital (where the Chelsea Flower Show is hosted), Pimlico, Millbank Prison, Oval, Kennington, South Lambeth, Stockwell, and all sorts of cool old things - like the London Railworks in Nine Elms, a giant reservoir where Battersea Power Station will be built, and tons of gas works.
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (31x41cm), 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm), and 24x30 inches (61x76cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 80 inches (200cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (51x40.5cm) version of this map.
Please note the unframed 24x30 inch map has white edges around the map. These edges can help you with framing, or if you don’t need them they are very easy to snip off with scissors. All other maps, including the framed maps, look exactly like the listing images.
I also have this same map, but in its original monochrome form. Depending on your room’s aesthetic/decor, you might prefer this version.
Please take a look at the listing images for the street where you grew up, or the location of your office - there's a wonderful amount of detail in this map. You can always message me to ask if a certain street or landmark is visible on the map.
This would make a wonderful birthday, housewarming or Christmas gift for someone from south London or who has Battersea in their heart.
This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.