Silver radiate coin AD 249 – 251

A silver radiate coin of Empress Herennia Etruscilla, wife of Trajan Decius, ruler of the Roman Empire, AD 249-251. The back of the coin depicts Pudicitia, the female personification of modesty and chastity. This coin was minted in Rome, Italy, AD 249-251.
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Silver Denarius

A silver denarius coin of Emperor Hadrian, ruler of the Roman Empire, AD 117-138. The back of the coin may depict Concordia, the Roman goddess of understanding and marital harmony. The coin was minted in Rome between AD 119 and 122. Thomas Layton had an
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Shadwell sham, 19th century

A ‘Shadwell Sham’, made by William Smith and Charles Eaton. Museum of London object N2382 These two notorious Victorian forgers worked in Shadwell, specialising in fake mediaeval pilgrim badges and small bronze figurines which they passed off through auction houses. They fooled many scholars. Layton’s
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Interior of the late theatre Drury Lane

Interior of the late theatre, Drury Lane built by Henry Holland Esq, destroyed by fire 24 February 1809. This theatre had been rebuilt after a fire in 1804. The playwright and MP, Sheridan, who owned it at the time of the conflagration, hurried from the
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Design for Newgate prison

Design for building a commodious prison for debtors and felons at Newgate, by George Dance Parliament granted £50,000 towards the cost of rebuilding Newgate Prison and a new court house on a large plot of land provided by the City of London. Work began in
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17th century maps of the Caribbean

Two maps of the Caribbean by Philip Lea, globe maker of Cheapside, London, printed on one sheet of paper. Lea was active between about 1680 and his death in 1700.The upper map shows a wider area of the Caribbean and the lower shows Jamaica with
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Mill Hill Park Estate at Acton 1873

Mill Hill Park Estate at Acton. Plan of land for sale by Robins, 1873. One of two plans in the collection (nos 2975 a and b) which formed part of sale particulars of land offered for development in Acton.
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Great Road in the County of Middlesex

A plan of the Great Road from Tyburn to Uxbridge and from Brent Bridge to Brentford in the County of Middlesex, surveyed in 1769 by Thomas Lediard, the agent and surveyor for the Commission for Streets and Waterways. It shows the route of the turnpike
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Lease of property from the estate of Sir John Maynard

Sir John Maynard was an immensely wealthy lawyer and government official who died in 1690. He owned a Palladian mansion at Gunnersbury, which was demolished about 1800. His complex will which took about 20 years of legal wrangling to sort out. In the meantime, his
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Lease of land in Brentford for a charity school

This deed, numbered 17805 in the collection, records a land transaction in 1725. The 98-year lease was taken by a group of men from  Brentford and Kew who were effectively the trustees of the charity school. A transcript of the full text follows: This Indenture
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