Hand-Drawn Maps Of London: Patchwork London

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Reader James Nicholls sends us this dainty rendering of the capital. At first glance, the ‘patchwork’ design looks rather neat. But examine the joins more carefully and you’ll spot many a mis-alignment. James explains:

Although I’m Australian my mother grew up in London (during the Blitz no less) and I’ve always held great affection for the city – which I’ve visited on numerous occasions. So, the map. Each panel duplicates half a page of the London A-Z. Each was drawn freehand without comparison to previously drawn panels, resulting in a broadly accurate but fragmented chart of the city, marked with points of personal interest. The cross shape is coincidental – it’s merely the shape that emerged as I depicted the areas of the city I’m familiar with.

Check out our archives for a cartographic bounty of other London maps. And there’s still time to submit your own and potentially win a place in our upcoming exhibition at the Museum of London. Simply send images to tips@londonist.com. The deadline is mid-January but the sooner the better.

Previously: Angel to Bankside, Borough of Southwark, Brixton as a tree, Central London, Hampstead Heath, Central London with no street names, Driver’s Mind Map, Fleet Valley, Hoxton Square, London as a grid, King’s Cross and Islington, Mayfair, Mayfair Squares, New Cross, Notting Hill, Paris versus London, Pimlico, River Fleet, Rivers, Stoke Newington, Walthamstow by mother and daughter, Westminster kettling.

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