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Adam & Charles Black, 1903 - Kensington (London, England) - 103 pages
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Page 40 - Everybody I meet with compliments me on the improvement of my looks, and I am taking all the means in my power to retain my improved appearance. I dine, as formerly, at two o'clock, paint two hours in the forenoon and two hours in the afternoon, and take a short . walk in the park or through the fields twice a day.
Page 24 - So the brave old trees which skirted the paddock of Gore House were felled, little ramps were raised, and little slopes sliced off, with a fiddling nicety of touch which would have delighted the imperial gardener of the Summer Palace ; and the tiny declivities thus manufactured were tortured into curvilinear patterns, where sea-sand, chopped coal, and pounded bricks, atoned for the absence of flower or shrub.
Page 54 - Kensington," says Leigh Hunt in his delightful ' Old Court Suburb,' " might say that it has a Palace which is no palace, Gardens which are no gardens, and a river called the Serpentine, which is neither serpentine nor a river.
Page 83 - Here Rogers sat — and here for ever dwell With me, those pleasures which he sang so well.
Page 11 - Another possible derivation of the name is quoted from Norden, the topographer, by the Rev. M. Walcott, in his "Memorials of Westminster : " — " Kingsbridge, commonly called Stonebridge, near Hyde Park Corner, [is a place] where I wish no true man to walk too late without good guard, as did Sir H. Knyvett, Knight, who valiantly defended himself, there being assaulted, and slew the master thief with his own hands.
Page 21 - History of Kensington," describing this house, says : " Over the mantelpiece there is a recess, formed by the curve of the chimney, in which it is said that the Protector used to conceal himself when he visited this house ; but why his Highness chose this place for concealment the tradition has not condescended to inform us. This recess is concealed by the wainscot, and is still used as a cupboard.
Page 26 - We are just one mile from the turnpike gate at Hyde Park corner, which I think you will not have forgotten yet, having about three acres of pleasure ground around my house, or rather behind it, and several old trees, walnut and mulberry, of thick foliage. I can sit and read under their shade, which I delight in doing with as much admiration of the beauties of nature (remembering at the same time the words of my favourite poet : " Nature is but a name for an effect, whose cause is God,") as if I were...
Page 26 - We are just one mile from the turnpike at Hyde Park Corner, having .about three acres of pleasure-ground around our house, or rather behind it, and several old trees, walnut and mulberry, of thick foliage. I can sit and read under their shade with as much admiration of the beauties of Nature as if I were down in Yorkshire, or anywhere else 200 miles from the great city.
Page 26 - ... a house in Kensington Gore, then considered to be in the country, the purer air and quieter atmosphere of which she hoped would benefit her health that now suffered from the strain of constant work. The mansion she selected, known as Gore House, had once been the residence of William Wilberforce. Lying back from the road, from which it was separated by high walls and great gates, it was approached by a courtyard that led to a spacious vestibule. The rooms were large and lofty, the hall wide and...
Page 71 - Sir Baptist Hicks had two daughters, coheiresses, who are reputed to have had 100,000 each for their fortune: the eldest, Juliana, married Lord Noel, to whom the title devolved at the first Viscount...

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