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 - Distant View of Eton College, from the Great Western Railway

Eton College - photograph

DISTANT VIEW OF ETON COLLEGE, FROM THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY.

Seen from any point of view, Eton College, the chief of all the English public schools, is picturesque; and not the least pleasing glimpse is that obtained from the Great Western Railway. Gray, it will be remembered, in his celebrated "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College," apostrophised the distant spires, the antique towers that crown the watery glade. The trees have a grandeur in keeping with the old school of Henry VI's foundation, and the turf of the playing fields, "whose flowers among Wanders the hoary Thames along His silver-winding way," is of an excellent green. In the foreground of our view are house-boats moored in the quiet backwater. The most conspicuous part of the College is the very handsome Gothic Chapel.