London. Stanford's Geog. Estab. for London & North Eastern Railway. No date. Ca. Mid- 1920s.
Detailed color map unfolding to 24 ½ inches x 36 inches, denoting the legislated boundary around the city of London used to distinguish between rates charged "within" and rates charged "without" the boundary when applied to the hauling of heavy goods. Folded into card covers 7 ½ x 5 ¼ inches, the full title is "Map of London Shewing Goods Cartage Boundary for Collection & Delivery of Traffic, also Goods and Coal Depots, Receiving Offices, Passenger Stations and Postal Districts." There is a 2 ½ inch tear where the map is attached to the rear cover, extending 1 ¼ inch from the border of the map and into the map itself 1 ¼ inch. There are several short breaks in the map at fold intersections, two very small abraded spots with little or no paper loss, and an area of paper loss (in Hackney) the size of a lead pencil eraser. The map is extremely detailed and astonishingly sharp in its delineation of even the smallest features-names of roads, etc. The rear cover features a map of the LNER system. The Google entry for the London and North Eastern Railway states the line was "the second largest of the ‘Big Four’ railway companies created by the Railways Act of 1921 in Britain. It operated from 1 January 1923 until nationalization on 1 January 1948." The National Archives at Kew has in their inventory a map titled "Metropolitan Conference: Goods Cartage Boundary Map" dated 1924, which suggests the LNER map is of similar vintage. Item #53936