Wednesday, 11 February 2009

A Really Long Walk

16 July 1741
Spt Mr Buffarr London Stone Coffee House 6d

The London Stone was in the middle of Cannon Street at this date. So the coffee house must have been close by.

This is an early 19th century engraving of the London Stone set into the wall of St Swithun's Church. But it was moved there from the middle of Cannon Street in 1798 so Thomas saw it as John Stow described it "pitched upright" and "fixed in the ground very deep, fastened with bars of iron, and otherwise so strongly set that if carts do run against it through negligence the wheels he broken and the stone itself unshaken."

This modern photograph shows the London Stone in its current position, though it will move into the Museum of London very soon.

This photograph used courtesy of the phatcontroller and I found it on Flickr.

19 July
Went with Mr Byfield and Mr Smalley a futt to Hampton Court and see all the Painting Tapestery & Carttoons & Gardens & the Maze from thence to Richmon and Twickenam and got home the same night a foot spent 4/6

That is a walk of 30.9 miles estimated by Google maps to take over 10 hours. Richmond bridge wasn't built but we must assume that Thomas used a ferry.

Richmond Park was enclosed by Charles I in 1637, but there were public footpaths across it, so Thomas probably went to visit the Park.Twickenham had not long had a new church. The old one fell down leaving just the tower

Twickenham museum's site has that story and lots more about the town

1 comment:

  1. Noticeably in mid Summer- any other time of the year and much of their walk (quite a considerable walk) would have to be in darkness, and therefore impossible, or impassable.