The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from:

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Phil   Link to this

The building of Pepys' time was replaced by the current building in 1776-86, "desgined, mostly for Government offices, by Sir William Chambers." (Latham & Matthews, Companion)

Susanna   Link to this

Here it is on the 1746 map:

Andrea   Link to this

Old Somerset House
Building began in 1547 and it was one of the great mid- Tudor buildings. Queen Elizabeth stayed here and during the reign of James I it was given to his wife Anne of Denmark. She commissioned Salomon de Caus (a fantastic engineer & garden designer) in 1609 to build a huge grotto / fountain called Mount Parnassus for the garden. It was a huge pile of rock (10m high & set in a 80ft diameter basin).

Here is an image of the house

Wim van der Meij   Link to this

Somerset House was greatly improved for Henrietta Maria. The river front was built by Inigo Jones.

TerryF   Link to this

Somerset House's siting was influenced by its most important tenants, the Navy Board offices. Current images and history.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Somerset House history page (scroll down)

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