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Victorian Maps of England

November 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm


The County and City Maps of Thomas Moule

A Stanfords lecture by John Lee

Thomas Moule was one of the finest Victorian mapmakers and is regarded as the true follower of John Speed in the cartographic history of Britain. Moule’s beautifully observed county and city maps, originally published in the 1830s, present a minutely detailed record of 19th-century England.

Moule celebrated the history of each county by including pastoral or monument views within the maps, all framed by cartouches, festoons and architectural ornament in a variety of historical styles. But underpinning this ancient vision is the hand of the British Industrial Revolution. Moule’s maps are deeply informed by the early technical work of the Ordnance Survey and record the unstoppable growth of major cities and the unrelenting spread of the railways.

The maps have remained influential and highly collectable as both originals and as reproductions. Here they are introduced by John Lee, who explains Moule’s career as a writer and antiquary and sets his celebrated maps in the context of technical cartographic revolution in which they were published.

John Lee has worked as a London publisher for some 20 years. He has commissioned and published a large number of award-winning exploration and cartographic volumes, including The Mapmakers’ World by Marjo Nurminen.

Tickets £4 / Tickets are redeemable against the cost of Victorian Maps of England The County and City Maps of Thomas Moule introduced by John Lee.

Includes glass of wine/soft drink.

Further information

Stanfords was established in 1853 by Edward Stanford, and is today the UK’s leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories.

The flagship store in Covent Garden first opened its doors in January 1901 and houses the world’s largest stock of maps and travel books under one roof. A roll-call of customers past and present includes such famous names as Amy Johnson, David Livingstone, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton, Florence Nightingale, Ranulph Fiennes, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, and even Sherlock Holmes.

Stanfords is at 12-14 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9LP.


November 21, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm




12-14 Long Acre
London, WC2E 9LP United Kingdom
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