Esoteric London

No. 1027: Waldeck Road, N15

Posted in Transport, Wildlife by esotericlondon on February 4, 2014

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Waldeck Road, London, N15. Photo ©RogerDean 2013

Here and there in London – J. Ewing Ritchie, 1859:

Is there a finer sight in creation than a horse? I don’t speak of the wild horse of the prairie, as seen at Astley’s – nor of the wearied animal by means of which the enterprising greengrocer transports his wares from Covent-Garden to the Edgeware-road – nor of the useful but commonplace looking cob on which Jones trusts himself timidly as he ventures on a constitutional ride, while his groom, much better mounted, follows scornfully behind – nor of the broken-down, broken-knee’d, spavined, blind roarer, all the summer of whose life has been passed in dreary drudgery, and for whom nought remains but the knacker’s yard, and the cold calculations of the itinerant vendors of cat’s-meat; but a horse such as a monarch might pet, and the very queen of beauty might deign to ride- a horse such as Gamarra.

“A nobel steed,

Strong, black, and of the desert breed,

Full of fire and full of bone,

All his line of fathers known,

Fine his nose, his nostrils thin,

But blown abroad by the pride within.”

And who that has ever laid his leg across such, and bounded along the turf, does not feel that the bare memory of it is a joy forever, thrilling almost as Love’s young dream? Such was our good fortune once; now we creep into town on the top of a ‘bus, and our hair is grey, and our pluck is gone, and our heart no larger than a pin’s head.

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