Burnham Beeches, a remnant of the forest that once covered Buckinghamshire, is one of the most delightful resorts within easy reach of London. These venerable beeches and other very reverend vegetables were first made popular by the poet Gray, who is buried in the not-far-distant Stoke Poges churchyard believed to be the scene of his famous "Elegy." In 1871 the Corporation of London intervened to prevent the land from being sold as a building site, and they have dedicated it, with the neighbouring common, like Epping Forest and other places, to the public as a possession for ever. Our illustration shows some of the finest trees in their summer glory, but at all seasons of the year the scene is beautiful for when the amber leaves strew the ground, the quaint outlines of the pollard branches are the more apparent.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896