The Garden Guide

Book: London and Its Environs, 1927
Chapter: 56 Harrow. Jordans. Chalfont St Giles. Stoke Poges

From London to Stoke Poges and Burnham Beeches

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C. FROM LONDON TO STOKE POGES AND BURNHAM BEECHES. RAILWAY from Paddington (Great West Railway) to Slough, 18+ miles in 30-55 minutes (3/9, 2/3); MOTOR OMNIBUS thence to Stoke Poges and Burnham Beeches (+ hour; on week-days to Stoke and Farnham Royal only, 9d.) Burnham Beeches Station (Great Western Railway) is 3 miles south of the forest; Beaconsfield, 2+ miles north. 1+ miles. Westbourne Park. The Beaconsfield line diverges on the right. 4+ miles. Acton; 5+ miles. Ealinq Broadway, the terminus of a branch-line of the District Railway and of the Central London Railway. In Ealing churchyard is buried Horns Tooke (1736-1812), to whose memory a tablet was erected in the church by the New England Society of Brooklyn in 1919. 6+ miles. West Ealing. 7+ miles. Hanwell and Elthorne, with a large lunatic asylum. 9 miles. Southall, junction for Brentford. From (11 miles) Hayes an omnibus (No. 95) plies to Hounslow (+ hour; 8d.) via (20 minutes) Harlington, whose church (open 10-4) has a rich Norman doorway. 13+ miles. West Drayton is the junction for Uxbridge (2+ miles north), and for Colnbrook and Staines. Uxbridge (Chequers), an ancient little market-town on the Colne, is reached from London also by Metropolitan Railway and by tramway via Southall. In the Treaty House (now an inn) took place in 1645 the abortive meeting of Commissioners to treat for peace between Charles I. and the Parliament. About 2 miles west of Uxbridge, on the Slough road, is Iver Heath (Woodlands Hotel). Harmondsworth, 2 miles north east of Colnbrook, has a good Norman church doorway, with curious decoration. Horton lies 2 miles south west. 14+ miles. Iver. At (16+ miles) Langley, or Langley Marish, is a picturesque old church containing a curious little library, founded in 1631 and preserved in a room or porch the panelled walls of which are adorned with paintings of saints and prophets, views of Windsor, etc. 18+miles. Slough (Royal, Room 5/, D. 4/; Old Crown, Room 4/6, L. 3/, D. 4/6), has 16, 392 inhabitants. Sir William Herschel (1738-1822) lived in Observatory House, in the Windsor road, outside the town; and here his son Sir John Herschel (1792-1871) was born. From Slough to Windsor, see Walk 57.