Thomas Allen (topographer)

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Thomas Allen
Born 1803
Died 7 July 1833
Nationality British

Thomas Allen (1803–1833) was an English topographer.[1]

Allen was the son of a map engraver. He died of cholera on 7 July 1833.[1]

The history and antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and parts adjacent (1837)


In 1827 Allen published a quarto volume, The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Lambeth and the Archiepiscopal Palace, with illustrations, mainly drawn and etched by himself. He later published:[1]

  • in parts, the History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, and Southwark (1827 and 1828), illustrated by engravings on copper by himself and woodcuts;
  • A New and Complete History of the County of York (1828 to 1831), with engravings after Nathaniel Whittock;
  • History of the Counties of Surrey and Sussex (1829 to 1830), with engravings after Whittock;

and he began in 1830 a History of the County of Lincoln, with engravings after his own drawings, which was completed after his death and published in 1834.[1]

Allen also published guide-books to London and the Zoological Gardens, contributed some plates and articles to the Gentleman's Magazine, and projected A Historical and Topographical Atlas of England and Wales, which he did not live to attempt.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Allen, Thomas (1803-1833)". Dictionary of National Biography. 1. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ Gentlemen's Magazine xcix. pt. ii. page 356, ciii. pt.ii. page 86.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Allen, Thomas (1803-1833)". Dictionary of National Biography. 1. London: Smith, Elder & Co.