Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Doing ‘The Knowledge’ in 1785

In order to get a Hackney License, London cab drivers must do ‘The Knowledge’. This means poring over maps to learn by heart 320 runs (routes from A to B) and 30,000 points (places of interest).

Historic map of London Westminster from 1745 
A recently discovered map seems to indicate that coachmen were doing much the same in 1785. The rare linen map shows routes through the labyrinthine streets of Georgian London, lists places of interest and even details fares.

The 226 year old map is due to be sold at auction next month.

Further details and images of the map can be found at:

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