An electronic edition of John Strype's

A SURVEY OF THE CITIES OF London and Westminster

Version 1.0 (ISBN: 0-9542608-9-9)
john stow monument thumbnail John Stow’s Elizabethan classic, A Survey of London, was first published in 1598, with a second edition following in 1603. Stow (c. 1525-1605) was a chronicler and antiquary who transcribed manscripts and inscriptions relating to English history, literature and archaelogy, but his Survey is perhaps his most famous work, with its evocative ‘perambulation’ of the streets of the Tudor capital, which forms the main framework of the book. In 1908, C.L. Kingsford produced a scholarly edition of the 1603 text, which still remains authoritative, although Stow the scholar and antiquary has continued to be investigated by historians since that time. See also:

In the century following Stow’s death, however, the Tudor capital so lovingly depicted and recorded in Stow’s Survey was dramatically transformed. The huge growth of the metropolis, the devastation wrought by the Great Fire of 1666 and the subsequent rebuilding of the City made an updating of the Survey highly desirable. It was to answer this need that John Strype (1643-1737), the ecclesiastical historian and biographer, published a new, hugely expanded version of Stow’s Survey of London in 1720.

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the project has produced a full-text electronic version of John Strype’s enormous two-volume edition of 1720, complete with its celebrated maps and plates, which depict the prominent buildings, street plans and ward boundaries of the late Stuart capital.


This work was originally published in two volumes. Volume One contains books 1-3 and Volume Two contains books 4-6, plus appendices. To reflect this, citations from the work normally take the form:

E.g. Strype, Survey,


The Stuart London Project gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the following in the preparation of this edition:

The Project also gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the following in digitising images for this edition:

Professor Caroline Barron (RHUL) receives our special thanks for lending her personal copy of Strype’s 1720 edition of the Survey of London for use by the project. All textual images derive from this copy.