Quite one of the quaintest and least spoilt places on the Thames is Strand-on-the-Green, a little village on the Middlesex bank, below Kew Bridge, which may be seen in the background of our picture. At high-water the outlook from the old-fashioned houses is very charming, thanks in no small measure to the pretty eyot; but at low water the muddy foreshore is much less pleasant to the eye. Watermen have long formed the bulk of the inhabitants but Zoffany, the painter, who died in 1810, lived here, and so did Joe Miller. Strand-on-the-Green is just the place to delight artists, and lovers of the picturesque generally. The conspicuous tower at Brentford, nearly 200 feet high, is part of the Grand Junction Waterworks.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896