Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields
Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields
Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields
Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields
Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields
Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields
Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields
Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields
Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields
Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields

Rare Old Map of London and Suburbs, 1799 by Milne - Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington, Richmond, Fields

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This is a highly decorative and extremely rare old map of London from 1799 by Thomas Milne. It is presented here in the original handcoloured form. This map has been lovingly restored by The Unique Maps Co. at its workshop in London, but it still looks delightfully old and characterful.

This map has many interesting details - notably, the exact use of almost every field (of which there were many in 1799!) 20 miles around London. Look at the key in the top left of the map and see what each of the colours means.

Back in 1799, only really the City of Westminster, City of London and Southwark had been built up. The rest of London was mostly villages and towns surrounded by arable land. The stretch of land between Clapham Common, Brixton, Camberwell and Lewisham - today one of the most densely populated residential areas in the world - is all just empty fields.

This section of the map mostly shows the stretch of London that's below the Thames, though it also has Chelsea, Fulham, Hammersmith, Kensington and Ealing. I also have the northern section if you prefer.

If you'd like the whole map, both north and south, please get in touch and we'll discuss it.

The fifth listing image shows what the map looks like with an added personalisation.

This is a gorgeous map. Old maps of London from the 1700s are exceedingly rare - and one with this level of detail, and handcoloured, is even rarer.

This map looks great at all sizes, from 18 inches (45cm) wide to 36 inches wide (91cm) all the way up to 50 inches wide (125cm), where it would look great in your hallway or above a sofa. Please note that there are white strips along the edge of the map if you buy the unframed map at smaller sizes (up to 36 inches wide) They are very easy to snip off - or they may help you with framing. The other sizes, and all framed maps, are all exactly as per the listing images.

This world map would make a perfect gift for someone who loves London or is from London, or it would look great as wall art on your own walls!

You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.

My standard frame is a gallery style black ash hardwood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. My standard frame is around 20mm (0.8in) wide.

I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

Six standard frame colours are available for free (black, dark brown, dark grey, oak, white and antique gold). Custom framing and mounting/matting is available if you're looking for something else.

Most maps are also available as a framed canvas. The map is printed on matte (not shiny) canvas, stretched over a box frame, and then 'floated' within a simple wood frame. The end result is quite beautiful, and there's no glazing in front of your map.

All frames are provided "ready to hang", with either a string or brackets on the back. Very large frames will have heavy duty hanging plates and/or a mounting baton. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

See some examples of my framed maps and framed canvas maps.

Alternatively, I can also supply old maps on canvas, foam board, cotton rag and other materials.

If you want to frame your map yourself, please read my map size guide first.

For most orders, delivery time is about 3 working days. Personalised and custom made maps take longer, as I have to do the personalisation and send it to you for approval, which usually takes a day or two.

Please note that for larger framed orders (over 40in/100cm), and some other framed sizes, the delivery time will be closer to 7-10 days.

If you need your order to arrive by a certain date, please contact me before you order so that we can find the best way of making sure you get your order in time.

I print and frame maps in 22 countries around the world. This means your map will be made locally, which cuts down on delivery time and reduces the chance of your map being damaged during delivery. There won't be any extra taxes or duties to pay, and we'll put less CO2 into the air.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/200gsm. It's perfect for framing.

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I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

Well, now you can, by selecting Aged before you add a map to your basket.

All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

See some amazing examples of Aged maps.

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. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 4,000 real 5-star reviews.

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.

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