No. 1135: Bruton Street, W1
Bruton Street, London, W1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012
London by Day and Night – David W.Bartlett, 1852:
One pleasant day, as the Spring was just dying away into Summer, with a few friends, in a private, open carriage, we made a delightful excursion to Hampton Court. In a short time we had left Piccadilly, the Clubs, and Hyde Park out of sight, were off the stony pavements and fields of green, and country-houses with close-shaven lawns, and groves, were scattered profusely on either hand. The day was clear, soft, and lovely, and the little villages through which we passed were nestling in among the vines and shrubbery like bird’s nests. We stopped our carriage on Wimbledon Common to have a quiet view of the place, and the surrounding scenery – for only a few moments, and then were riding swiftly onward. In a short time we arrived at the pretty little village of Kingston on the Thames, about fifteen miles from London. We drove to a hotel, had our panting horses well taken care of, and after taking a luncheon, ordered a couple of boats in which we intended to pull up to Hampton Court, which was two or three miles distant.
Our boats were light as bark canoes, so much so that a single unlucky movement threatened a plunge into the water to us all. Our office was that of helmsman, and as soon as we were fairly upon the bosom of the stream, we saw the extreme loveliness of the scenery around us. On our right, lay the celebrated Richmond Park, its dense forests growing almost down to the brink of the river. On the left hand (going towards Hampton Court) there were beautiful residences, the gardens of which ran down to the edge of the river. Some of these were the most beautiful and exquisitely lovely spots we ever saw […].