I've spent countless hours looking through old London city maps/aerial photos. Ages ago I made a thread about the UWO online archives
, which to this day I still find incredibly interesting. They have a slew of old maps and photos that span decades. They're also fairly intuitive maps browse-wise, unlike that damn city map Simps posted, lol.
Speaking of that map, even on this tiny image you posted you can see some major
- Carling Creek that runs through Ward 6 and empties into man-made Lake Horn where Piccadilly Park currently sits. This creek is now completely underground in culverts except for two portions that i know of (one at the creek's mouth by Blackfriars bridge, the other at Colborne and Pall Mall next to the CP tracks). That lake was drained sometime between 1875 and 1888. I can't say for certain, but I'm pretty sure there's a section of the original mill race in an alley off of St. George Street, but that's a boring post for another time.
- Harris Park is an island park, hella cool.
- Massive Thames River meander where Gibbons Park currently sits (top left). There's still a large marshy area at the bottom of the hill on the east side of the park. Gibbons is basically an oxbow lake like The Coves, except it's dry.
Definitely a cool map, there's a lot of interesting stuff to see.