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A commemorative book, reproducing the work, is available to buy online or at Foster’s Bookshop on Chiswick’s high street.At Mapping London, we love the idea of a community getting together to brighten up a drab wall in their area, particularly when the artwork commissioned is a map! The mural features 16 different maps, 8 on each side of the road, from 1593 (Norden’s map of Middlesex) right up to the latest 2018 Legible London map of the area (those attractive pedestrian maps you see on totem poles throughout the inner London, and now extending further out).
A pub these days, and back then too, so a slightly curious choice for a map aimed at children, even if it is very historic: It’s a shame also the Zoo doesn’t make it in – the map stops just south of it, but does at least include a note “To the Zoo”.
Hamleys doesn’t appear either – another institution that was certainly going strong at the time of this map.
The Chiswick Timeline, a mural of maps showing the history of the pleasant west London neighbourhood, was successfully crowdfunded and launched last month.
It appears alongside a road as it passes underneath a railway bridge by Turnham Green station.
The decorative style brings to mind an older time – perhaps the 1920s, when decorative maps were popular and the Beck tube map had not yet appeared – or perhaps even a map from the 1800s.
Despite this, it was likely a good map to navigate by, as it includes most of the street network, and doesn’t distort the geography.
It’s rather a clever idea and allows for the creation of your own song-narrated self-guided tour of each central London neighborhood you happen to be in.
The map covers the centre of the capital as well as decent part of the inner city – see the full map pic at the bottom of this post.
The Lego is modern but the map was one of the last pre-Beck (pre-straight lines) map of the tube network, from the early 1930s.
It contrasts with the light-up Lego map of the modern network that was recently installed in the new Lego shop on Leicester Square.