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 - High Street, Hounslow

High Street, Hounslow - photograph


The glory has departed from the long high Street of Hounslow, bnt in the old days there was no livelier spot in the neighbourhood of London. For Hounslow was the first stopping-place for coaches leaving the metropolis, and it is asserted that at the time of Queen Victoria's accession five hundred stage-coaches passed along this now deserted street every day and that fifteen hundred horses were stabled here for changing. Just west of Hounslow town lies the Heath, once famous for its military encampments and notorious for its highwaymen. So late as the beginning of the present century the road over Hounslow Heath was lined with gibbets, from ,which dangled the remains of knights of the road who had paid the extreme penalty of the law.