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(Successor to the late James FRASER);



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road is adhered to the more intimate an acquaintance with it is formed, and the more interesting it becomes.

In some measure, this may be accounted for by studious habits; a tolerable memory, apt to indulge in recollections of the past, and to che

rish rather than despise, when not FULHAM O

impertinent, local gossip, which repeoples the district with its former

inhabitants, ONE

“ Sweet Memory! wafted by thy gentle


Oft up the tide of time I turn my sail, obliged by circumstances to lead the

To view the fairy baunts of long-lost

bours life of a pendulum, vibrating between a certain spot distant four miles from

Blest with far greener shades — far

fresher flowers," London, and a certain spot just out of the smoke of the metropolis,—go

“We have all by heart," observes ing into town daily in the morning

the author of the Curiosities of Liteand returning in the evening,

- may

rature," the true and delightful rebe supposed, after the novelty has flection of Johnson on local associaWorn off, from the different ways by tions, where the scene we tread sugwhich he can shape his course, to

gests to us the men or the deeds find little interest in his monotonous

which have left their celebrity to the movement. Indeed, I have heard spot. We are in the presence of many who live a short distance their fame, and feel its influence.' from town complain of this swing

How often have I fancied, if the walls ing backwards and forwards, or,

by which thousands now daily pass rather, going forwards and back- without a glance of recognition or wards over the same ground every regard, if those walls could speak, day, as dull and wearisome ; but I

and name some of their former incannot sympathise with them.

On mates, how great would be the regret the contrary, I find that the more

of many at having overlooked houses constantly any particular line of

which they would perhaps have











made a pilgrimage of miles to behold, From Knightsbridge, formerly a as associated with the memory of suburb, and now part of London, the persons whose names history, litera- main roads to Fulham and Hammerture, or art has embalmed for pos- smith branch off at the north end terity, or as the scene of circum- of Sloane Street (nearly half a mile stances treasured up in recollection! west of Hyde Park Corner), thus :

If the feelings could be recalled,
and faithfully recorded, which the
dull brick walls that I cannot help
regarding with interest must have
witnessed, what a romantic chapter
in the history of the human mind
would be preserved for study and re-
flection !-
“Ay, beautiful the dreaming brought

By valleys and green fields;
But deeper feeling, higher thought,
Is what the City yields."

KING'S RO The difficulty, however, is incredible of procuring accurate information as And at the south termination of to any thing which has not been Sloane Street, which is 3299 feet in chronicled at the moment. No one length, the King's Road commences but those who have had occasion from Sloane Square. to search after a date, or examine The Main FULHAM ROAD passes into a particular fact, can properly for about a mile through a district estimate their value, or the many called by the general name of Brompinquiries that have to be made ton, which is a hamlet in the parish to ascertain what at first view would of Kensington. The house appear to be without embarrassment, -so deceptive is the memory, and so easy a thing is it to forget, especially numbers and localities, the aspect and even names of which change with a wonderful degree of rapidity in the progress of London out of town. Thus many places become daily more and more confused, and at last completely lose their identity, to the regret of the contemplative mind, which loves to associate objects with the recollection of those who “ have left their celebrity to the spot.”

These considerations have induced the writer to arrange his notes, and illustrate them by such sketches as will aid the recognition of the points mentioned, the appearance of which must be familiar to all who have

No. 14 Queen's BUILDINGS, journeyed between London and Ful

KNIGHTSBRIDGE, ham, - a district containing, beside on the left-hand or south side of the the ancient village of that name, and road, at the corner of Hooper's remarkable as adjacent to the country Court, now occupied as two shops, by seat of the Bishop of London, two John Hutchins, dyer, and Moses smaller villages, called Walham Green Bayliss, tailor, was, from 1792 to and Parson's Green. The former of 1797 inclusive, the residence of Mr. which stands on the main London J. C. Nattes, an artist, who deserves road, the latter on the King's Road, notice as one of the sixteen by whose - which roads form nearly parallel association, in 1805, the first exhibilines between Fulham and the me- tion of water-colour paintings was tropolis.


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From 1792 to 1797 this house was for Mr. Thrale, sold at Christie's in described as No. 14 Queen's Build- the sale of Mr. Watson Taylor's ings, Knightsbridge ; but in the lat- pictures (June, 1823), for 941. 10s. ter year the address was changed to Murphy had prepared his translation No. 14 Knightsbridge Green. In of Tacitus ** for the press at his house 1800 it was known as No. 14 Knights. on Hammersmith Terrace (the last bridge, and in 1803 as No. 14 at the west end); but declining health Queen's Row, Knightsbridge.f In and circumstances induced his re1810 as Gloucester Buildings, Bromp- moval into lodgings near London, at ton. In 1811 as Queen's Build- “ 14 Knightsbridge.” From these dings. In 1828 as Gloucester Row.l apartments " he soon removed to In 1831 as Gloucester Buildings; others in Brompton Row, where he and at present (1844) has reverted did not remain long, not liking the to its original name of Queen's mistress of the house, but returned Buildings, Knightsbridge, in opposi- to his former residence (No. 14), tion to Queen's Buildings, Bromp- where he resided till the time of ton, — the division being. Hooper's his death." In 1803, the late Lord Court, if, indeed, the original name Sidmouth (then Mr. Addington), was not Queen's Row, Knightsbridge, conferred a pension of 2001. a-year on as this in 1772 was the address of Murphy, “to mark the sense” his William Wynne Ryland (the en- majesty entertained “ of literary graver who was hanged for forgery merit, particularly when accompanied in 1783, and of whom more here- with sound principles and unquesafter). When houses began to be tionable character;" which gracious built at the same side of the way, mark of royal favour Murphy acbeyond Queen's Row, the term knowledged on the 2d of March, “ Buildings" appears to have been from “ 14 Queen's Row, Knightsassumed as a distinction from the bridge." Here he wrote his life of row west of Hooper's Court; which Garrick,tt a work which, notwithrow would naturally have been con- standing Mr. Foot's ingenious desidered as a continuation, although, fence of it, shews that Garrick's life in 1786, the Royal Academy Cata- remains to be written, and that logue records Mr. J. G. Huck, an Murphy's intellectual powers were, exhibitor, as residing at No. 11 Glos- at the time when he composed it, in ter Row, Knightsbridge.

a state of decay. These six alterations of name within Murphy, according to his biograhalf a century, to say nothing of the pher, “ possessed the first and second previous changes, illustrate the ex- floors of a very pleasant, neat house, treme difficulty which attends precise where there was a long gravel walk local identification in London, and in the garden ; 11 and though his are merely offered at the very start- library had been much diminished, ing point as evidence at least of the yet, in the remaining part, he took desire to be accurate.

care to reserve Elzevir's edition of About the year 1800, the late re- the classics. Mrs. Mangeon (the sidence of Mr. Nattes became the mistress of the house) was a neat and lodgings of Arthur Murphy, too intelligent woman, and Mr. Murphy well known as a literary character of secured her friendship by giving her the last century to require here more son a presentation to Christ's Hosthan the mere mention of his name, pital. Anne Dunn, his own servanteven to those who are accustomed maid, was an excellent servant, hoto associate every thing with its nest, faithful, and attentive; so that, pecuniary value; as Murphy's por- what with the services he had rentrait, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds dered to the mistress of the house,

Catalogues of Royal Academy. + Foot's Life of Arthur Murphy.

Lockie's Topography of London. 6 Mr. J. Salway's Mš. plan executed for the Kensington trustees. Crucbley's Map of London.

Elmes' Topography of London. 4 vols. 4to. published in 1793.

++ 2 vols. 8vo. 1801. 11 The extent of this garden may still be estimated by walking round through Hooper's Court into Sloane Street.

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