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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

1st May 2001 The first police use of kettling in London for the May Day Protests (at Oxford Circus).

1st May 1992 The last Arsenal game with standing on the North Bank, also David Rocastle's last game for Arsenal, in a 5-1 win over Southampton.go to related location

1st May 1979 Prince Charles opens the Jubilee line and takes the first journey.

1st May 1851 The Great Exhibition opens in the astonishing Crystal Palace.

1st May 1777 RB Sheridans School for Scandal, premieres in London

Richmond Hill's View



Richmond Hill's View

The only view in England protected by law.

Location: Richmond Hill, Richmond

Description: This is Richmond Hill - the only view in England protected by an Act of Parliament to protect the land on and below Richmond Hill and thus preserve the fine foreground views to the west and south.

It can be accessed and traversed by steps called Terrace Walk, laid out in the 18th century leading down to the river.

The spectacular views from here were immortalised in paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds and J.M.W. Turner.

Poet William Wordsworth wrote in June 1820:

Fame tells of groves from England far away
Groves that inspire the Nightingale to trill
And modulate, with subtle reach of skill
Elsewhere unmatched, her ever-varying lay;
Such bold report I venture to gainsay:
For I have heard the quire of Richmond hill
Chanting, with indefatigable bill,
Strains that recalled to mind a distant day;
When, haply under shade of that same wood,
And scarcely conscious of the dashing oars
Plied steadily between those willowly shores,
The sweet-souled Poet of the Seasons stood
Listening, and listening long, in rapturous mood,
Ye heavenly Birds! To your Progenitors.


Indeed Richmond Hill was once quite famous for it's nightingales.

It was also described by Sir Walter Scott as an unrivalled landscape.


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Credits: Painting circa 1722 by Peter Tillemans, courtesy of the Government Art Collection.

Richmond Hill's View

The only view in England protected by law.


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Richmond Hill's View

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