Source 3b

Close-up of the docks. Map drawn by Wenceslaus Hollar, entitled ‘Survey of the City of London’, 1667, Catalogue Ref: ZMAP 4/18 


Take a look at this map of London, which showssome of the areas of the river Thames where trading ships would dock to unload their cargoes of sugar. 

  • What can you see in this map? 
  • How is map different from Source 1? 
  • Are there parts of the map which you recognise from London today? 
  • If there are docks for only sugar cargo, what does this tell us about the demand for sugar at this time? 
  • How would you describe the river Thames?  
  • How was the river Thames was used in the 1600s from looking at this map? 
  • Why do you think this map is useful for learning about life in London in the 1660s? 
  • What can a map show us which a written document cannot?