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The map includes large areas of green land and sparsley populated areas to the north and south of The Thames.<br />
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An extremely rare example of the earliest surviving map of London has emerged for sale for £11,000.<br />
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The 1572 city plan by engraver Frans Hogenburg provides a fascinating bird's eye view of the nation's capital.<br />
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It reveals there was a large settlement north of the Thames, but south of it was very sparsely populated.<br />
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There are drawings of many boats weaving their way down the river, which could only be crossed by the Old London Bridge.