Morden and Lea's large and attractive plan of London and the surrounding country
By COVENS, Johannes and Cornelius MORTIER , 1755

This Actual Survey of London, Westminster & Soutwark [sic] is Humbly dedicated to ye Ld. Mayer & Court of Aldermen. Plan de la Ville de Londres, Westmunster [sic] & Southwark; dedié aux très nobles Seigneurs le Lord Maire & Conseillers de la Ville.

British Isles London
  • Author: COVENS, Johannes and Cornelius MORTIER
  • Publication place: Amsterdam
  • Publisher: Chez Iean Covens et Corneille Mortier, Libraires et Marchands des Cartes
  • Publication date: c 1755
  • Physical description: Engraved plan, on two sheets joined, tear to join at foot not affecting image.
  • Dimensions: 650 by 1070mm (25.5 by 42.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1484


This map is a reissue of a 1690 plan published by Morden and Lea. The dedication and title are on a banderole across the top of the plan, with the City of London arms and compass rose at top center. Below the plan is a key to public offices, wards, parishes within the city walls, which numbered 97 before the Great Fire and 62 after, halls, companies, markets, prisons, and hospitals. Prominent buildings are shown in elevation.

The plan is a intermediate state between Howgego 42 states (4) and (5): the spelling of ‘Actual’ is the same as in state (4); Westminster Bridge is depicted, which was completed in 1750, but not Blackfriars Bridge (as is shown on state (5)), which was begun in 1760.

Scale 7 1/2 inches to 1 statute mile.


  1. Howgego 42 between (4) and (5).