PANORAMA OF THE THAMES:


PANORAMA OF THE THAMES:

JOHN INGLIS & JILL SANDERS    Book Number: 91667    Product format: Hardback

1829 was the year of the first Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and also the year of the founding of the Metropolitan Police. We can add to these milestones in London's history the publication of an extraordinary drawing, 60 feet long, of a panorama of the River Thames on both banks from Westminster to Richmond, a distance of about 15 miles. This gorgeous book reproduces most of that drawing, leaving out only those bits which just show fields, and enabling us to see in great detail what the capital's waterborne thoroughfare looked like almost 200 years ago. In addition to the main drawing, there was also a 6-foot extension showing the City of London and the South Bank as viewed from the Adelphi during the Lord Mayor's procession, and this is also included in the volume as a fold-out double spread. Taken from an upper floor of a house in the Adelphi area, the view runs from the Horse Guards, Whitehall and Westminster on the right, with two arches of Vauxhall Bridge being visible, towards the City on the left. Westminster Bridge is depicted in its entirety, with Lambeth Palace, instantly recognisable, on the opposite bank and the hills of Clapham beyond. Among the wharves and chimneys can be seen the tower of the newly built St John's church Waterloo, and beyond Waterloo Bridge itself are the Blackfriars and Southwark bridges. On the near bank there is a forest of spires representing the City churches, with St Paul's rising above them. The general map includes many notable riverside buildings, among them Old Kew Palace, Mortlake Tapestry works, a gazebo erected by Edward Colston, the Bristol slave trader, the Star and Garter, Putney, the Vitriol Factory, Wandsworth, Brunel's saw mills and Bethlem (Bedlam) hospital, a state of the art facility for the "criminally insane". On the north bank was Chelsea botanical gardens, Syon House, and Twickenham Park. There are also numerous grand houses known simply by the owner's name: Mrs Taylor's, Mr Bylong's, Miss Budd's, Lord Londonderry's. 256pp, colour panorama, gazetteer.
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ISBN 9780500518151
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