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Putney church from the White Lion

Putney church from the White Lion

Engraver: Laurie, R

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1783

Shelfmark: Ktop XLI

Item number: 14-F

Genre: Topographical Print

The wooden bridge in the picture was erected in 1729, replacing an earlier ferry service. Before 1750, tt was the only Thames crossing west of London Bridge and as a result attracted an increasing volume of pedestrians and carriage traffic, despite charging a toll.

St Mary's church was part of the Archbishop of Canterbury's manor of Wimbledon until 1535. The impressive 15th century chantry chapel was expensively rebuilt by its patron, the Bishop of Ely.

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