As each year passes, Londoners are becoming more fully alive to the precious possession they have in the river Thames. Few parts of the river are better known to boating parties than Twickenham, a long, straggling village, situated on the Middlesex bank, midway between Richmond and Teddington. At low water it was formerly a sorry place, but the erection of the new lock at St. Margaret's has greatly improved its appearance. Our view shows Twickenham Ferry, celebrated in song; and between the trees of Eel Pie Island, where there is an hotel, stands out the old tower of St. Mary's Church. Twickenham abounds in literary associations of the most interesting kind.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896