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Birmingham City Council

Cartouche showing canals and churches from map of area around Birmingham, 1798

 prospect of St. Martin

This was one of the first maps to place Birmingham at the centre. This cartouche is unusual; it was conventional to include cartouches of churches as individual buildings on the edge of maps, but here St. Philip's and St. Martin's are set in a townscape. The new canals and canal offices appear in the foreground. Eighteenth century Birmingham businessmen had invested heavily in canals, and Birmingham is said to have more canals than Venice


Birmingham maps - historical