Wallis (1813-1841) Guide for Strangers through London

Wallis's 1821 Guide for Strangers through London, showing Euston Grove and Euston Square
Wallis's 1821 Guide for Strangers through London, showing Euston Grove and Euston Square

Edward Wallis produced a Guide for Strangers through London that became an essential tool for visitors to London. Successive editions (1813, 1821, 1826, 1841) allow the historian to trace the growth of many parts of the city, including the area north of the Paddington to Islington Road. The maps show London in a folding plan dissected into panels and laid on brown linen. The printed map was then hand colour. The map includes an alphabetical list of streets beneath, corresponding with a lettered grid on the map. Other period maps are available from Mapco.

Wallis inherited his father’s (John Wallis) business in 1818 and continued to publish geographical games and puzzles as well as more conventional maps such as this one.

The area named “Euston Square” came into being between the 1813 and 1821 editions. The Euston Grove terminus for the London and Birmingham Railway first appears in the 1841 edition.

Wallis (1813-1841) Guide for Strangers through London

 

Map. Wallis 1813, showing pasture land prior to definition of Euston Square and Euston Grove along the Paddington to Islington Road
Map. Wallis 1813, showing pasture land prior to definition of Euston Square and Euston Grove along the Paddington to Islington Road
Map. Wallis 1821, showing definition of Euston Square and Euston Grove along the Paddington to Islington Road, now "New Road". Railway terminus not yet complete. Similar to Wallis 1826.
Map. Wallis 1821, showing definition of Euston Square and Euston Grove along the Paddington to Islington Road, now “New Road”. Railway terminus not yet complete. Similar to Wallis 1826.
Map. Wallis 1826, showing definition of Euston Square and Euston Grove along the Paddington to Islington Road. Railway terminus not yet complete. Similar to Wallis 1821.
Map. Wallis 1826, showing definition of Euston Square and Euston Grove along the Paddington to Islington Road. Railway terminus not yet complete. Similar to Wallis 1821.
Map. Wallis 1841, showing Euston Terminus, Euston Square and Euston Grove along the Paddington to Islington Road.
Map. Wallis 1841, showing Euston Terminus, Euston Square and Euston Grove along the Paddington to Islington Road.
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