Wandsworth, which with the other suburban districts we have passed through, contains a number of elegant villas, belonging to the opulent class of city merchants.
Wandsworth to Barnes
The Richmond line properly branches off about the point where the road to the village of Battersea leaves the Wandsworth road, and at a short distance from Battersea. It then pursues a pretty course through the villas, orchards, and nursery gardens which stud that locality, till it reaches Wandsworth. The river Wandle and the valley are crossed by a splendid viaduct.
On leaving Wandsworth we have for a moment a picturesque peep at the Thames, and the line pursues a southerly direction through a deep cutting of some extent, until we reach
In the vicinity of this station is that picturesque tract of common land – Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common, so delightful to those who love to see nature in her wildest character.
On emerging from the cutting and passing this station, we proceed over a level country to Barnes Common, which the line crosses.
Barnes is memorable, among other associations, as being the place where Sir Francis Walsingham entertained Queen Elizabeth and her retinue.
Barnes to Hounslow and Feltham
Barnes to Windsor
A great portion of the line is but a few feet above the natural surface of the country, and many of the roads are crossed on a level. The country through which it passes does not present many picturesque views, the property almost throughout being circumscribed by orchards and market gardens. The want, however, of the beautiful along the line is amply compensated by the lovely views in the neighbourhood of Richmond; and from Richmond to Datchet there is a succession of splendid scenery.
The first station at which we arrive is
Dr. Lee, the astrologer, and by some called the Magician of Queen Elizabeth’s time, is buried here.
The remainder of our course to Richmond lies through fields and gardens, catching a glimpse of Kew Gardens, and the Pagoda on our right, and passing some prettily built almshouses, and a castellated building used as a barracks; also, on our right, we come to the station in Kew road, at
Richmond is a delightful town in Surrey, on the South Western Railway and the river Thames, 10 miles from London, in the midst of scenery which, though often praised and admired, never grows old or wearisome.
The line crosses the Thames over the railway bridge at Richmond – a very handsome structure of three arches.
Within a mile to the north of which is the modern town of Kingston.
The Thames Valley railway from Twickenham cuts off a small part of the county of Middlesex in passing the station of Fulwell to Hampton, on the north bank of the Thames, a little to the right of which is Kenton Park, once the seat of royalty, now the residence of T. Manners, Esq. Skirting the river to our left, we pass the station of Sunbury, and thence to Shepperton, on the Thames, where good fishing may be obtained.
Staines is a pleasant market town, in the county of Middlesex, standing on the north bank of the Thames, over which is thrown a bridge, which connects the counties of Middlesex and Surrey.
Staines to Windsor
Staines to Reading
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