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Towns seated on the THAMES.

Building had been rather appropriated for decayed Gentlemen: But of this Building more will be said, in the Chapter of Colleges and Hospitals.

18. CHELSEA, a Town not large, but graced with good well built Houses, (especially of late Years;) amongst which are several large Houses, the Seats of Noblemen; as the Right Honourable the Lord Chency, who is Lord of the Manor: Then a large House, now the Duke of Beaufort's, formerly of the Duke of Buckingham; then the House of the Earl of Lindsey, now Duke of Ancaster.


19. BATTERSEA; almost over against Chelsea, a pretty handsome Town. Both in this Town, as well as in Chelsea, are divers Gardiners, serviceable to the Cities of London and Westminster, for their Commodities. The Chief House in this Town, is the Seat of Sir Walter St. John, (created by his Majesty K. George, Lord Battersea); a fine well built House, seated on the Banks of the River Thames, with fine Gardens.


20. PUTNEY, also seated in Surrey, as was the former; graced with large and good Buildings, well inhabited by Gentry: and the more for its good Air, and the Diversion its large Heath affords. Where there is a Bowling Green, well resorted unto in the Summer Season.


21. FULHAM, in Middlesex; opposite to Putney: A pretty large Town, with some good Houses for the Gentry; amongst which is Mustow House, very pleasantly seated, a small Distance from the Town, with large Orchards and Gardens; the Seat of Sir Williams, Baronet.


Mustow House.

Then in PARSONS GREEN, which belongs to the Parish of Fulham, are very good Houses for Gentry; where the Right Honourable the Earl of Peterborough hath a large House, with stately Gardens. Westwards of the Town, the Bishop of London hath his Palace, which is an old but good Building, with fine Gardens. Repaired by the present Lord Bishop.

Parsons Green.

22. BARN ELMS, of Note for its lofty Elm Trees; at the upper End of which is a large and new Brick House, at present the Seat of Sir Matthew Andrews.

Barn Elms.

23. MORTLACK, on Surrey side, a long Town, graced with divers good Houses, the Seats of Citizens and Gentry.


24. CHISWICK, the Seats of the Earl of Falconbergh, and of several Gentlemen.


Now we are cross'd over on Middlesex side. On which Side stands also,

25. BRENTFORD, the Old and the New; Both seated on the high Road to London: Old Brentford being but meanly inhabited, by reason of its Dirtiness in the Winter, and Dust in the Summer; as lying low, and the Passage so narrow, that two Carts or Coaches can hardly pass one another. But as to New Brentford, not far distant, it is a considerable Market Town, well inhabited; and by reason of its Thorough-fare, hath good Inns and Houses of Entertainment. Its Market, which is on Tuesdays, is well served with Provisions, which are brought up by the Higglers. Not far from this Town is the stately House, now of the Duke of Somerset, by Marriage of an Heiress of the late Earl of Northumberland, called Sion House, delightfully seated; and where the first Duke of that Name had his Residence.


Sion House.

26. Over against Brentford, and in Surrey, is KEW GREEN; where are several good Buildings, inhabited by Gentry.


27. ISTLEWORTH, in Middlesex; a large Town, full of well built Houses, much resorted unto by the Gentry.


28. RICHMOND, in Surrey; a large Town, graced with good Buildings, especially the Green, that fronts the King's Palace, now decayed, and parcelled out in Tenements; and on the Hill, where there are new found out Wells, which draw a great Resort of Gentry to them, and the Town. Here the Prince of Wales, and Princess, have their Summer Habitation.


29. TWICKENHAM; a good and handsome Country Town, of a good Resort, and much inhabited by the Gentry. Here the Earl of Bradford hath a good Country House; and near unto it, Sir George Humble, Bar. had another, very graceful to the Eye, and pleasantly seated amongst fine Gardens.


30. TEDDINGTON; a small Town, of no great Account.


31. KINGSTON, in Surrey; joined to Kingstonwick in Middlesex, by a Wooden Bridge, which brings a great Advantage to the Town, for the conveying of Corn, &c. to its Market, which is very considerable for Grain, Poultry Ware, and all Sorts of Provisions; and is much resorted unto every Saturday by Mealmen, and Higglers. The Town is large, and well inhabited: It is an Ancient Corporation, governed by Bailiffs, &c. And enjoyeth large Immunities; being the usual Place where one of the Assizes for the County is held, and where the Justices keep one of their Quarter Sessions. This Place is of Note, for being the Place where upon a Stage in the open Market Place, was placed the Chair of his Majesty, where Æthelstan, Ethelred, and Edwin were crowned Kings, and received their Imperial Sceptres; and from whence 'tis said this Town took its Name of Kingston, being before called Moreford.


32. THAMES DITTON; a small Place and of no Account.

Thames Ditton.

33. HAMPTON COURT; pleasantly seated betwixt Two Parks. This Palace since its late Rebuilding, is most stately and magnificent; and hath a curious Garden newly made, by the Directions of Mr. London, his Majesty's principal Gardiner: who in respect of his Knowledge in all Things relating to Curious Gardens, hath not his Fellow in the Kingdom.

Hampton Court.

This Palace was first built by Cardinal Wolsey, in Ostentation of his great Riches; and afterwards enlarged by King Henry the VIIIth, and new beautified by his late Majesty, K. William.

Not far from this Court, is

HAMPTON TOWN; indifferent large, with some good Houses.

Hampton Town.

34. SUNBURY, in the said County; of no great Account.


35. WALTON, or Walton upon the Thames; a pretty large Town, well inhabited, and in a healthful Air.


36. SHEPPERTON; seated in Middlesex; of no great Account.


37. WAYBRIDGE; a Town well inhabited by Gentry. Here was a Palace of the