Signs of the Times Canary Wharf M4 South

This project is based on a 200 year old book about this road, looking to find equivalent views today and use captions from the book

brentford

Brentford has little to boast besides its situation. From hence a considerable trade in corn, malt and other commodities is carried on, by means of the Thames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

isleworth

On the south, near Sion House, is the cheerful village of Isleworth, on the banks of the Thames. In its neighbourhood are many handsome houses and some seats

 

hounslow

Hounslow Heath. This waste is a dead flat, of a great extent, and having little variety, the weary traveller wishes to hasten speedily from it

 

slough

Slough is a large village in the road, about a mile and a half distant from Windsor, composed chiefly of one street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

windsor

After we pass Colnbrook, the lofty towers of Windsor Castle are often caught by the eye through the scenery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maidenhead

Maidenhead Thicket. At the twenty-eight mile stone we enter the race ground, which is of great extent

 

 

reading

The road then descends towards the town of Reading, the spires of which present themselves to view in the west

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

theale

Theale is a neat village; on the south it is skirted by fertile meadows, watered by the Kennet

 

 

padworth

Four miles south-by-west of Englefield is Padworth. This seat is a noble mansion, delightfully situated on the north side of the vale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

halfway house

 

Returning to the high road, we proceed to the Halfway House, with the road winding along the bottom of a pleasant valley

 

marlborough

St Peter's church at Marlborough answers to the scite of a temple. A little to the south is a gate and some other relicks

 

hungerford

Hungerford is composed of a mixture of ancient and modern buildings. Some of the houses have distinguishing marks of antiquity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stones by marlborough

Proceeding from Marlborough and descending a hill, there are a great number of stones, in rude forms, scattered irregularly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bowood

The beauty of Bowood consists in its simplicity and extent. The aim is to present nature with nothing done to it, there being only a gravel path for the use of ladies in wet weather

 

box

As we approach Box, the high ground on the left becomes more lofty and in its face appears the beautiful white free-stone, known by the name Bath-stone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

near bath

The avenues leading to Bath, having been improved, are rendered more easy and are now perfectly safe for carriages and those who take the air on horseback