On Shooters Hill, London
Artist: Scharf, George
By the 18th century a hotel had been built on the summit to entertain wealthy travellers. It was however not safe to linger here too long because the remote spot was a notorious hideout for highwaymen, who arguably account for the origin of the hill's name. In fact, due to the additional proximity of the local gallows and gibbet, few aspects of Shooter's Hill (other than the view from the top) were pleasant - as Samuel Pepys noted in 1661: "I rode under a man that hangs at Shooters Hill and a filthy sight it was to see how the flesh is shrunk from his bones".