Designs for rebuilding London after the Fire of London: 1748
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A plan of London after the Great Fire in the year of our Lord 1666. Map showing two designs for the reconstruction of London. The top design by J. Evelyn consists of 12 interconnecting squares and piazzas. The Royal Exchange is re-sited where Cannon Street Station now is; a straight west-to-east thorough fare cuts its way from Temple Bar to 'King Charles Gate' south of Aldgate. The bottom design and proposal by Sir Christopher Wren shows the broad boulevards and open squares replacing the warren of alleys and byways. Wren's plan was never executed.
1748 AD - 1748 AD