Photographer: Sedgfield, William Russell
Medium: Photographic print
"Bensington (locally pronounced and frequently written Benson) is now the quietest of country villages, though it formerly possessed a certain importance as one of the stages on the road from London to Oxford. Two large but long-deserted inns recall the memory of the old coaching days, when the village was roused to temporary animation by the sound of the guard's horn and the appearance of the mail-coach dashing up to the door of the posting-house to change horses. There is little remarkable about Bensington itself, but the traveller who passes through it would do well to visit Ewhelme, a tiny village about two miles off, and away from the high road as well as from the river. It possesses a most picturesque little church and group almshouses, both of considerable antiquity."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'The Thames Illustrated by Photographs'