Map

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

Summary

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 to this

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

vincent   Link to this

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...."

http://www.georgianindex.net/London/parks/fashi...
see aug 10th for foot race

vincent   Link to this

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

Pedro   Link to this

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!)

http://www.worldwideschool.org/library/books/hs...

Pedro   Link to this

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."

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