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Better than GPS: a history of cartography in 12 amazing maps | David Shariatmadari

Smartphones may answer our navigation needs these days, but over the centuries, paper maps have done more than just get us from A to B

A view of London from Southwark during the fire of 1666 by Jan Luyken (1649–1712).

A view of London from Southwark during the fire of 1666 by Jan Luyken

GIF Fíli’s and Kíli’s final scenes in the third movie. Excuse me while I curl up in the corner and cry.

GIF Fili and Kili’s final scenes in the third movie. Excuse me while I curl up in the corner and cry.

Kili, Thorin & Fili - hottest dwarf family to ever live

Thorin Oakenshield with Fili and Kili. Never thought dwarves could be so fangirl-worthy until the hobbit movie!

A prospect of Old London Bridge as it appeared c.1630.

Watch London's historic skylines change – in pictures Old London Bridge, c. 1630 by Claude Jongh.

Winchester House, Southwark, London 1660.

Winchester House, Southwark, London 1660.

Detail from Whitehall Palace showing the Banqueting House- In 1530, King Henry VIII acquired York Palace from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Henry renamed it Whitehall Palace. The Palace replaced Westminster Palace as Henry's main London residence. In 1533, Henry married Anne secretly at the palace, and in 1536 married Jane Seymour. He died at the palace in January 1547. Much of the Tudor portion of the building was destroyed by fire in 1691.

Detail from Whitehall Palace showing the Banqueting House- In King Henry VIII acquired York Palace from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Henry renamed it Whitehall Palace. The Palace replaced Westminster Palace as Henry's main London residence.