JAMES HENRY LEIGH HUNT (1784–1859)
The Town: Its Memorable Characters and Events. St Paul’s to St James’s
(1848; rptd London: Unit Library Ltd, 1903)

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Old London from Southwark, Before the Great Fire. From a Print by Hollar


JAMES HENRY LEIGH HUNT

 

THE TOWN

ITS
MEMORABLE CHARACTERS AND EVENTS
ST. PAULíS TO ST. JAMESíS

 

LONDON
UNIT LIBRARY, LIMITED
LEICESTER SQUARE
1903

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ADVERTISEMENT

[TO THE FIRST EDITION]

IN the two volumes [1] now offered to the Public under the title of “THE TOWN,” the reader will find an account of London, partly topographical and historical, but chiefly recalling the memories of remarkable characters and events associated with its streets, between St. Paulís and St. Jamesís; being that part of the great highway of London which may be said to have constituted “THE TOWN” when that term was commonly used to designate the metropolis.

     The principal portion of these volumes appeared thirteen years ago in the “Monthly Supplements to Leigh Huntís London Journal,” under the title of “The Streets of London”; and these papers were accounted, by all who read them,óa comparative few,óto be among the pleasantest and most interesting of the Authorís writings. It was observed by one reader, that “Leigh Hunt has illumined the fog and smoke of London with a halo of glory, and peopled the streets and buildings with the life of past generations”; and by another, that he “should never grow tired of such reading.”

     In collecting and publishing these papers in a suitable form, and illustrating them with cuts, the Publishers trust that the volumes will be acceptable, not only to the admirers of Mr Leigh Huntís writings, but to readers generally; especially those to whom the present aspect and population of the streets from St. Paulís to St. Jamesís are more familiar than the past.

     It was the wish of the Publishers to have included the whole range of the metropolis in one publication; but to do so, on the scale of the present work, would have tasked the exertions of Mr Hunt too severely for the state of his health. The idea was, therefore, abandoned for the present; and the Author has been content to continue his retrospect of the sovereigns of England, so as to include the Court of St. Jamesís.

     The public approbation of these volumes will be the strongest inducement that the Author could desire to complete his account of London, by extending his researches east, west, north, and south; making the whole circuit of the town, and advancing with its streets into the very suburbs.

     65, CORNHILL,
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ILLUSTRATIONS

Engraved by C. Thurston Thompson
from drawings by
I. W. Archer and C. T. Thompson

LONDON FROM SOUTHWARK, BEFORE THE GREAT FIRE. FROM A PRINT BY HOLLAR

A WINDOW GARDEN

WEST FRONT OF OLD ST. PAULíS, WITH INIGO JONESíS PORTICO

ĎĎPAULíS CROSS AND PREACHING THERE”

LUDGATE

BAYNARDíS CASTLE, FROM THE RIVER, 1640

STONE IN PANYER ALLEY, MARKING THE HIGHEST GROUND IN THE CITY

INTERIOR OF THE ROUND PART OF THE TEMPLE CHURCH, PREVIOUS TO THE RECENT RESTORATIONS

HOUSE IN BOLT COURT, FLEET STREET, THE LAST RESIDENCE OF DR JOHNSON, 1810Top of the Page

OLD SOMERSET HOUSE, FROM THE RIVER

THE SAVOY PALACE, FROM THE RIVER

INIGO JONESíS WATER GATE, YORK STAIRS

OLD NORTHUMBERLAND HOUSE, FROM THE RIVER. TEMP. CHARLES I.

EXETER CHANGE AS IT APPEARED JUST BEFORE IT WAS PULLED DOWN

NEWCASTLE HOUSE, NORTH-WEST CORNER OF LINCOLNíS INN FIELDS, 1796

OLD HOUSES IN GREAT QUEEN STREET, LINCOLNíS INN FIELDS, 1817

THE THEATRE IN PORTUGAL STREET, LINCOLNíS INN FIELDS, 1810

PRINTING PRESS AT WHICH FRANKLIN WORKED

CRAVEN HOUSE, DRURY LANE, 1800

ENTRANCE FRONT OF OLD DRURY LANE THEATRE IN BRYDGES STREET, ERECTED BY GARRICKTop of the Page

ENTRANCE TO OLD COVENT GARDEN THEATRE, 1794

INIGO JONESíS CHURCH AND COVENT GARDEN. TEMP. JAMES II. FROM A PRINT OF THE PERIOD

HOUSE IN ST. MARTINíS STREET, LEICESTER SQUARE, FORMERLY THE RESIDENCE OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON, 1810

THE VILLAGE OF CHARING. FROM AGGASíS MAP, 1578

SCOTLAND YARD, AS IT APPEARED IN 1750. FROM A PRINT AFTER PAUL SANDBY

OLD PALACE OF WHITEHALL, FROM THE RIVER. TEMP. CHARLES I. FROM A PRINT OF THE PERIOD

OLD GATE OF WHITEHALL PALACE, DESIGNED BY HOLBEIN. FROM A PRINT BY HOLLAR

THE BANQUETING HOUSE, WHITEHALL

ST. JAMESíS PALACE, 1650. FROM A PRINT BY HOLLAR

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1. [The first edition was in two volumes.]

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