A Foolish Stranger In London

The foolish stranger who chooses such an hour for a tramp about the “City” will breathe more freely, after he has exorcised the last whimpering shade of Newgate and “the poor prisoners of the `Fleet,”‘ as he hurries along Ludgate Hill and attains unto his heart’s desire at Fleet Street. Thence on, it is all […]

Around London (Starting In The Evening)

It will probably have seemed to many that in London the evening hour between seven and eight o’clock is the most distinctive and significant of the twenty-four, the one that is most expressive of the city’s real life and character. It has something in its mellowness and repose that stimulates in the spectator ,a subtle […]

Continued Adventures In London

Across the Serpentine in the children’s paradise of Kensington Gardens we should find that the Board Walk and the “Round Pond” lose none of their drawingpower with the years and that the fountains and flowers are as beautiful and as highly prized as ever. There is the additional attraction of having a chance, by keeping […]

From London Through Belgium to Brussels

I HAD arranged to travel from London to Ostend upon a cargo-boat, because the fare was only four shillings, or one dollar, and this was much cheaper than the rate via Dover and the express steamers. The vessel was hardly constructed for passenger service, and there were only about a dozen berths, in all, so […]

Hidden Statuary And Carvings Of London

A few months ago when a house at the corner of Warwick Lane, E.C., was pulled down it was announced in the newspapers that the carved panel which for 250 years had marked the site of the old palace of the Earl of Warwick, the Kingmaker, would not be replaced in the new building but […]

Kensington – London – Pt. 1

When people speak of Kensington they generally mean a very small area lying north and south of the High Street; to this some might add South Kensington, the district bordering on the Cromwell and Brompton Roads, and possibly a few would remember to mention West Kensington as a far-away place, where there is an entrance […]

Kensington – London – Pt. 2

Knotting Barnes was sold by the thirteenth Earl, whose fortunes had been impoverished by adhesion to the House of Lancaster. It was bought by Sir Reginald Bray, who sold it to the Lady Margaret, Countess of Richmond, mother of King Henry VII. This manor seems to have included lands lying without the precincts of Kensington, […]

Kensington – London – Pt. 3

The buildings have now spread and are spreading over so much ground that it is a matter of difficulty to enumerate them all. The elaborate terra-cotta building facing Exhibition Road is the Royal College of Science, under the control of the Board of Education, for the Museum is quite as much for purposes of technical […]

Kensington – London – Pt. 4

Among other important persons who lived at Little Chelsea in or about Fulham Road were Sir Bartholomew Shower, a well-known lawyer, in 1693 ; the Bishop of Gloucester (Edward Fowler), 1709; the Bishop of Chester (Sir William Dawes), who afterwards became Archbishop of York; and Sir Edward Ward, Chief Baron of the Exchequer, in 1697. […]

Kensington – London – Pt. 5

The church owes its additional name of Abbots to the fact of its having belonged to the Abbot and convent of Abingdon, as set forth in the history of the parish. Bowack says: “It does not appear that this church was ever dedicated to any saint, nor can we find, after a very strict search, […]