Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Eel Pie Island

Eel Pie Island - photograph


Eel Pie Island is familiar ground to those who frequent the River Thames in the neighbourhood of Twickenham. The island, on which is an inn, is situated just above the famous Twickenham Ferry, and rising behind is seen St. Mary's Church, where is Warburton's monument to Pope, and where Kitty Clive lies buried. Twickenham once belonged to Sir Francis Bacon, and its literary associations are innumerable. Pope lived for nearly thirty years at Twickenham, and died there, a short distance above Eel Pie Island. But the poet's home was destroyed early in the present century, and his much-talked-of grotto underwent drastic alterations. Orleans House, and Strawberry Hill, Walpole's well-known villa, are not far off.