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Tube Map creator gets blue plaque

Tube Map creator gets blue plaque
25 Mar 2013

For both tourists and commuters alike, the tube maps placed throughout the London Underground network are invaluable.

However, few of the millions of people who use them to navigate their way underneath the capital each year know much about the man who created the iconic design, Harry Beck.

But now visitors to London can make a pilgrimage to Beck's birthplace in Wesley Road, Leyton, to see a new English Heritage blue plaque, which has been unveiled to commemorate the 80th anniversary of his design.

The reason for the success of Beck's map is that he realised people don't need to know the distance between stops, with other more geographically accurate designs proving to be hard to decipher.

'Beck's map was revolutionary in its simplicity,' commented London Transport Museum director Sam Mullins. 'It has become a London icon and influenced the design of many Metro maps across the globe.'

Founded in 1866, London's blue plaques scheme is believed to be the oldest of its kind in the world and now comprises more than 850 memorial tablets dotted across the capital.

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