The Garden Guide

Book: London and Its Environs, 1927
Chapter: 57 From London To Windsor

By Steamer From Kingston

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C. BY STEAMER FROM KINGSTON. 41 miles in 4+ hours. (3/6, day return 4/6). During the summer months (in 1926, May 13th-September 25th) a service of steamers, maintained by Messrs. Salter Bros, of Oxford, plies twice daily (except Sunday) in each direction between Kingston (Sun Hotel) and (91+ miles) Oxford. The steamers, which leave Kingston at 9 a. m. and 2. 30 p. m. and take two days for the journey (passengers pass the night at Henley or Windsor; see the Blue Guide to England), may be boarded at any lock or regular stopping-place. Holders of through tickets may break the journey. Combined railway and steamer tickets are issued at Paddington, Waterloo, and many other stations of the Great Western Railway and South Railway. Children under 12 half-price; luggage up to 112 lb. free. Dark-room and refreshments on board. No dogs allowed. BOATING on the river. From Kingston to (3 miles) Hampton Court (Tagg's boatyard). Above Tagg's Island we pass Hampton, with Garrick's villa. Opposite is Hurst Park Racecourse, and farther on is a series of reservoirs. 6 miles. Sunbury Lock (rollers). Sunbury (Magpie; Flower Pot; Weir; Clark's and Stroud's boatyards) lies on the Middlesex bank, near Kempton Park Racecourse (special station). 7+ miles. Walton Bridge. Walton-on-Thames (Swan; Rosewell's and Clark's btyds) is on the Surrey side, where also rises St. George's Hill. We now pass Cowey Stakes, said to be the spot where Caesar forced the passage of the Thames in despite of Cassivellaunus. + miles farther is Halliford (Ship; Red Lion; Rosewell's boatyard), adjoined by Shepperton (Anchor; Poulter's boatyard). 9+ miles. Shepperton Lock (Ship, pension from 84/; Dunton's boatyard). At the mouth of the Wey (left) lies Weybridge. Beyond Chertsey Bridge is (11+ miles) Chertsey Lock. Chertsey lies on the Surrey side. At (right) Laleham (Horse Shoes; Feathers; Harris's boatyard) Matthew Arnold (1822-88) was born and is buried. Laleham House is the seat of the Earl of Lucan (no admission). 13+ miles. Penton Hook Lock, with a pleasant backwater and a bungalow-colony + miles. Staines Bridge, built by Rennie in 1834. Staines is on the Middlesex bank. Just short of (16+ miles) Bell Weir Lock (rollers; Angler's Rest) the Colne enters the Thames on the right; thence almost to Henley the right bank belongs to Buckinghamshire. On the left lies Egham, above which is the level meadow of Runny mede, the meeting-place of the barons and probably the actual place where King John 'sealed' Magna Charta in 1215, in spite of the popular association with (18 miles) Magna Charta Island. Above Runnymede is Cooper's Hill, celebrated in Sir John Denham's poem. The left bank of the river now belongs to Berkshire. Just within the boundary is Beaumont College, a Jesuit boys' school in a house once occupied by Warren Hastings. 19+ miles. Old Windsor Lock. Beyond a modern bridge (1925) is Datchet (right; Manor House Hotel), where Falstaff was ducked in the Thames. Opposite is the Home Park. We pass under the Victoria Bridge and reach (22+ miles) Romney Lock. 23 miles. Windsor Bridge connects Windsor (left; Boddy's boatyard) with Eton (right; Winter's boatyard). Windsor Castle and Eton College are both seen to great advantage from the river.