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 - Chestnut Avenue, Bushy Park

Bushy Park - photograph


Chestnut Sunday in Bushy Park is one of the most popular festivals kept by Londoners, and a prettier sight than the avenues of horse-chestnuts in full bloom on a fine spring day is seldom to be seen anywhere. Bushy is one of the royal parks, and it extends over more than a thousand acres. The noble old chestnuts, interspersed with limes, stretch for more than a mile in a triple row on each side of the road, which leads from Teddington to Hampton Court, and is thronged by all sorts of vehicles on the Sunday to which reference has been made. The above picture is taken from towards Teddington, which is the most convenient station for excursionists from town who come down by train. The trees were planted by William III., who did so much for the extension and improvement of Hampton Court Palace.