The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from:


The boundary of the park shown on the map is a rough translation from this 18th century map of the park. Much of what we think of as Hyde Park today is Kensington Gardens.

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Paul Brewster  •  Link

L&M Footnote:
"The Park had been open to the public since the 1620's: James Shirley, Hyde Park (dedication)"

vincent  •  Link

The Fashionable Hour in Hyde Park
"The fashionable hour was really three hours from half past four to seven thirty though there aren't many ladies in evidence until about half past five...."
see aug 10th for foot race

vincent  •  Link

J. Evelyn appears not to mention This Park but does 30 others including Audley End and Windsor and Althorp. Curious?

Pedro  •  Link

Hyde Park: which place has been described as "a field near the town, used by the king and nobility for the freshness of the air, and goodly prospect."
Here in a railed-off circle, known as the ring, and situated in the northern half of the park, the whole world of fashion and beauty diverted itself. Noble gallants wearing broad-brimmed hats and waving plumes, doublets of velvet, and ruffles of rich lace; and fair women with flowing locks and dainty patches, attired in satin gowns, and cloaks wrought with embroidery, drove round and round, exchanging salutations and smiles as they passed. (SPOILERS after this!)

Pedro  •  Link

More on the Park...

Form Davidson's biography of Catherine...

"Orange and nosegay women cried their wares, and gallants bought them, and bandied jests with the sellers. Milkmaids, with their yokes and pales on their shoulders, cried, "Milk of the red cow!" which humble people bought, while the quality sipped syllabubs flavoured with sack."

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Hyde Park
In 1536, Henry VIII acquired the manor of Hyde from the canons of Westminster Abbey, who had held it since before the Norman Conquest; it was enclosed as a deer park and remained a private hunting ground until James I permitted limited access to gentlefolk, appointing a ranger to take charge. Charles I created the Ring (north of the present Serpentine boathouses), and in 1637 he opened the park to the general public.,_London...

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