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 - Ladies Driving Competition at the Ranelagh Club

Ladies Driving Competition at the Ranelagh Club - photograph


The Ranelagh Club at Barn Elms must not he confused with the old Ranelagh Gardens at Chelsea, closed at the beginning of the century. The Club is a very fashionable resort, and has delightful, well-timbered grounds within a few minutes' walk of Hammersmith Bridge. Here all sorts of sports are fostered, and shows are held at which Royalty is occasionally present. Our view shows one of the attractions of 1895 - a Ladies' Driving Competition, in which many members of the aristocracy were keenly interested. The competitors, one of whom the photographer has taken in the act, were required to drive in tortuous fashion between the barrels on the green - a feat calling for the exercise of no mean skill. There are few more delightful places within easy reach of town than the Ranelagh Grounds on a fine summer's day.