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By Matthew Sangster

BlakeBirthplace

Section of Soho showing 28 Broad Street – the house where William Blake was born. and where he lived between 1757 and 1772 and then again from 1779 to 1782. He lived next door, at 27 Broad Street, in 1784 and 1785.

I discovered that Horwood’s Plan existed just after Christmas, wondering whether there was a map which you could use to pinpoint the exact London houses where Romantic-period writers lived and stayed and to see what was going on around them. When I discovered Horwood’s incredible feat of research, diligence and art, I knew that one thing I wanted it to be was a digital object which could be used easily and annotated freely in ways which would be impossible with the giant, awkward papery original.

What I didn’t know was whether a digital version of the Plan was a thing which I could make. I suspected that I probably couldn’t. I don’t have any particular expertise with coding or mapping systems, and I knew that the most I’d be able to do was compile and tweak existing things. Still, I decided to push ahead and see how far I could get. A bit of …read more

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