A Bird’s Eye view of the Firmins about 1831

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June 28, 2013 by auntkatefirmin

Here it is! Note the many wagons in the streets.

BMuseum_Birdseye_1831R_marked

Arrows from left to right:

The Tower of London when it still had water in the moat!

Modern ground-level view of the Tower of London from Wikipedia.

Modern ground-level view of the Tower of London from Wikipedia.

Follow the Minories (street) from the Tower to St Botolph without Aldgate.  The major street running from the church to the right edge of the view is Whitechapel Road (I can’t find the Whitechapel church spire in the view).

St Botolph, Aldgate as seen from the Minories.

St Botolph, Aldgate
as seen from the Minories.
© Trustees of the British Museum.

The new Royal Mint building completed in 1811 (after the mint moved from the Tower).

The Royal Mint about 1830.

The Royal Mint about 1830.
© Trustees of the British Museum.

The general location of Glasshouse Street where the family lived from 1827-1845 is marked by the downward pointing arrow.  This part of the view has compressed the area between the Mint and St George-in-the-East so it’s not strictly accurate.  The chimneys could be sugar refineries.

The church of St George-in-the-East.  The Firmin children were all baptised at St. Botolph, Aldgate, but Sarah (Kenning) Firmin’s brother, Robert Kenning, was baptised here in 1794.

St George in the East.

St George in the East.
© Copyright John Salmon via Geograph.org.uk,
Creative Commons Licence.

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