Plan for 'London at Work' from the 'The County of London plan explained', 1945
Artist and designer: Sir Patrick Abercrombie and J. H. Forshaw
© RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Like the Great Fire of 1666, the destruction caused by the Blitz between 1940 and 1941 provided a reason and opportunity to rethink the structure of the City of London. Innumerable newspaper articles, books and public events promoted ideas for the reconstruction of a post-conflict London even before the war was over.
An authority on modern town planning, Patrick Abercrombie drew up plans to redevelop several towns across Britain. The 'County of London Plan' was presented in 1943 after two years of research. It recommended several new towns on the outskirts of London to mitigate overcrowding and unplanned sprawl. In 1945 this map appeared in a small book 'The County of London plan explained'; the maps included in the publication were key to conveying the reconstruction plans to the public.