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View of London No. 1. Entrance of Piccadilly or Hyde Park Corner Turnpike, with a View of St George's Hospital.

View of London No. 1. Entrance of Piccadilly or Hyde Park Corner Turnpike, with a View of St George's Hospital.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1797

Shelfmark: Ktop XXII

Item number: 6a

Length: 38

Width: 52.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

St George's Hospital was founded in 1733. Outside here at the turnpike gates, Hyde Park Corner, was a haunt for vagabonds and foot pads. Money was collected at the toll booth to pay for the maintenance of the road. By the late eighteenth century this spot was to become a busy and noisy thoroughfare for wheeled traffic heading for central London. Stage coach was a popular method of transport from London - it was cheapest to ride on top of the coach as shown in the picture.

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