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Walks in London (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 feb 2012


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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. THE STRAND. DR. JOHNSON said, 'I think the full tide of existence is at Charing Cross.' It is the first point which meets the eyes of the traveller on arriving from the Continent, and it may well be taken as a centre in an explanation of London. In 1266 a village on this site was spoken of as Cherringe, where William of Radnor, Bishop of Landaff, asked permission of Henry III. to take up his abode in a hermitage during his visits to London. This earlier mention of the name unfortunately renders it impossible to derive it, as has been often done, from La Chire Heine, Eleanor, wife of Edward I., 'mulier pia, modesta, misericors, Anglicorum omnium amatrix,' to whom her husband erected here the last of the nine crosses which marked the resting-places of the beloved corpse in 1291 on its way from Lincoln to Westminster. More probably the name is derived from the Saxon word Charan, to turn, both the road and the river making a bend here. The other crosses in memory of Eleanor were at Lincoln, Northampton, Stoney Stratford, Woburn, Dunstable, St. Albans, Waltham, and Cheap; and of these only those of Northampton and Waltham remain. That of Charing was the most magnificent of all: it was designed by Richard and Roger de Coverdale, with figures by Alexander of Abingdon. The modern cross erected in front of Charing Cross Railway Station is intended as a reproduction of it. The old cross was pulled down in 1647 by the Puritans, amid great lamentations from the opposite party. 'Methinks the common-council should Of it have taken pity, 'Cause good old Cross, it always stood So firmly to the City. Since crosses you so much disdain, Faith, if I were as you, For fear the king should rule again, I'd pull down Tyburn too.' The Doutu/all of Charing Cross. The sit...

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