London Google Earth 1690

Using image overlays it is possible to compare cities over time. The above and below images illustrate the layout of London in 1690 – post Fire of London – in Google Earth. It is interesting to note when changing the transparency how the shape of the Thames has been modified with the building of Embankment.

You can download the kmz file to fly into the overlay in Google Earth here

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Dan Hill - January 29, 2006

    Beautiful, Andrew. That’s fantastic. I just posted a speculative piece around this idea, completely unaware of your work here, and a colleague pinged to alert me! Great stuff.

  2. Frank Taylor - January 30, 2006

    I manipulated your overlay slightly to what I think is a more accurate position. Check this out: London1609.kmz

  3. Anonymous - April 17, 2006

    This is great!! I did some small, very isolated QT movies of this sort of thing of Paris a few years ago. But all I could do was to continually replay them. How do you make a GE overlay? I have a huge and very detailed six panel 18th engraved map of Paris would like to try to…

    R Chenoweth

  4. Actos - June 27, 2007

    nice post, it’s really interesting for me today, thx

  5. Unknown - April 8, 2012

    Sorry to comment on such an old post, but just found this and was wondering is that Blackfriars Bridge on the map? What’s it doing on a 1690 map if it wouldn’t be built for another 60 years ( Was there a previous incarnation of the bridge?

    Thanks for the great layer!

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