The seat of her majesty the Queen, and of her ancestors from the period of the Conquest. Eton College also is within a short distance.
Looking down upon the faded beauties of the once-called “Royal Property” – Vauxhall Gardens, and by the extensive depots of the company at Nine Elms over the mill pond, on to an embankment from which we can catch a few glimpses of the Belgravian shore, and Cubit’s factories and church to the right, and, if the haze and smoke permit, the lofty campanile of the Houses of Parliament.
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This ancient borough town, having been a British town before the Roman invasion, stands in a rich vale on the banks of the Medway.
Nature has eminently favoured this town by the salubrity of its air, the potency of its mineral springs, and the adjacent appendages of romantic and agreeable scenery.