No. 59 Royal Westminster Grenadiers


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Map of London, reaching Islington, Limehouse, Vauxhall and Park Lane; with inset view of the Queen’s Palace (Buckingham Palace) and the garden view of St James’s Palace at top right; with a front view of Westminster Abbey at bottom right; a bird’s eye view of London from the Thames and a south west view of St Paul’s at bottom centre and a view of the Monument at bottom left. 1796 Etching and engraving on two sheets, joined, with hand-colouring. Courtesy of The Trustees of The British Museum – Heal,Topography.193.

Westminster, a central area of London, became a city in 1539. (See Map attached – click on it to expand). For centuries Westminster and the City of London were geographically quite distinct. It was not until the sixteenth century that houses began to be built over the adjoining fields, eventually absorbing nearby villages such as Marylebone and Kensington, and gradually creating the vast Greater London that exists today. Westminster is bordered by the City of London to the East and, until 1965 by Marylebone and Paddington to the North (which were both then absorbed into Westminster) and by Kensington and Chelsea to the West. The River Thames forms the Southern border.

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Weight 0.0121 kg
Dimensions 25.5 × 32.5 cm