True to the catalogue description I can readily read the names on all the sketched graves. It is a very interesting image which was prepared because of the construction of London Bridge. The Bridge ramps would cross over a large section of the graveyard and so this amazing chart was produced to show the impact of the Bridge on the Churchyard of St Olave. The chart is in colour.
I decided to transcribe the names that appear on the document and will attempt to place them as well. Also on the document in pencil is a list of names and dates which I will also attempt to transcribe at a later date - some of them are very very faint (there were two columns in total on the upper right hand side of the image).
The image itself is labeled in the bottom centre of the image.
(this title is centred)
PLAN shewing that Portion of the FLEMISH BURIAL GROUND
in the Parish of St Olave Southwark
Required for the Purposes of the NEW LONDON BRIDGE.
The scale is 1 inch: 5 feet (this is located below the title in the middle of the image and is centred with respect to the title).
Surveyed by George Allen
69 Tooley Street
16 February 1831
(this information is in the lower right hand corner and is handwritten)
The entire image has a fine line border about 1/4 inch from the edge.
If we think of the Thames River as being on a easterly-westerly direction at this point (indeed at this point it has left the east-west flow to a more east south east flow) then I can work my way around the portion of the Churchyard as drawn in the chart.
Possibly fronting on Tooley Street and in the extreme lower left hand corner of the chart is the
"Premises in Occupation of Solomon Davis Esquire"
and approximately 8.9 feet from the top back corner of his building (in a straight line approximately northwestward) the portion of the Churchyard which will be used for the approaches for London Bridge begin. This approach (more or less northward will cut across 78 feet of the churchyard and at the topend of the churchyard will be 71 feet from the roadway. As I write this I am remembering how the land looked around the London Bridge. Of course it is so different now. It is a multilaned bridge with enormous easements which contain massive roadways that lead to the main bridge.
Luckily under the Southwark Bridge along the pedestrial tunnel there is a mural showing the various buildings that had been along Tooley Street before the bridge was built. From records I have looked at thus far I have more or less determined where Christopher Buller's slop shop was (slops being sailor uniforms) and he was about a block away from St Olave Parish Church.
I shall hunt out the other pictures of this mural as it is a most interesting picture of London/ Southwark/ Bermondsey south of the Thames River in the early 1800s. It has come up very nicely on the blog.