THE CASCADE, VIRGINIA WATER.
Virginia Water has long lost its original artificiality, and is now one of the most charming and popular resorts round about London. George II's son, the Duke of Cumberland, formed the lake nearly a century and a half ago - in the year that he conquered at Culloden - in order to drain the surrounding country. But, bordered by delightful trees that have grown to beautiful proportions, Virginia Water can challenge comparison with many a natural sheet of water to be found elsewhere. The Cascade, although obviously built up, is very pretty, and should not be missed by the visitor, who, if he be a pedestrian, is recommended to walk along the green shores of Virginia Water to Windsor, by way of the Long Walk in the Great Park. Boating on the lake is not permitted to the general public.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896