A View on the Hill near the Five-Mile Stone on the Road to Streatham
View five miles outside of Streatham along the turnpike road from Kennington, through Brixton and Streatham, to Croydon. Streatham village was the half way point between London and Croydon and therefore attracted much of the coach trade which travelled between them. Inns developed on the roadside and the area was infamous for the presence of highwaymen. In the 18th century a natural spring was discovered in the village and the Streatham Wells Spa became a fashionable resort. Its popularity grew further because of the easy road access and many wealthy Londoners bought and built country houses in Streatham. This view is etched with a mezzotint background.