From London To Land's End By Daniel Defoe










































































 -   But as I must speak of them again, when
I come to write of the county of Middlesex, which I - Page 2
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But As I Must Speak Of Them Again, When I Come To Write Of The County Of Middlesex, Which I Have Now Purposely Omitted; So I Pass Them Over Here, Except The Palace Of Hampton Only, Which I Mentioned In "Middlesex," For The Reasons Above.

Hampton Court lies on the north bank of the River Thames, about two small miles from Kingston, and on

The road from Staines to Kingston Bridge; so that the road straightening the parks a little, they were obliged to part the parks, and leave the Paddock and the great park part on the other side the road--a testimony of that just regard that the kings of England always had, and still have, to the common good, and to the service of the country, that they would not interrupt the course of the road, or cause the poor people to go out of the way of their business to or from the markets and fairs, for any pleasure of their own whatsoever.

The palace of Hampton Court was first founded and built from the ground by that great statesman and favourite of King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey; and if it be a just observation anywhere, as is made from the situation of the old abbeys and monasteries, the clergy were excellent judges of the beauty and pleasantness of the country, and chose always to plant in the best; I say, if it was a just observation in any case, it was in this; for if there be a situation on the whole river between Staines Bridge and Windsor Bridge pleasanter than another, it is this of Hampton; close to the river, yet not offended by the rising of its waters in floods or storms; near to the reflux of the tides, but not quite so near as to be affected with any foulness of the water which the flowing of the tides generally is the occasion of.

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