Knightsbridge showing Cannon Brewhouse
Draughtsman: Salway, Joseph
Medium: Lithograph, coloured
Knightsbridge is represented here in plan and elevation. The architectural details of the buildings are faithfully illustrated and a taste for order and symmetry is revealed by the garden plans, showing neat lawns and cobbled paths. Lamp posts are numbered, water pumps and drains are recorded by miniature representations. The Westbourne Brook features in the drawing. Fed by five streams which joined near Kilburn, it rose in West Hampstead and flowed under Knightsbridge and south to the Thames. The bridge that can be seen in the distance crossing the Westbourne was where, according to legend, two knights fought to their deaths. It is due to this legend that the village came to be called Knightsbridge. It was plagued by highway men and much celebrated for its taverns. The White Hart, shown here, is known to have existed as early as 1631.