London’s forgotten Arcadia

by 5ocietyx

Richmond hill

Sunset on Richmond Hill. photo 5ocietyx

By the 17th century the region had become a haven for artists, philosophers, mystics and kings. They settled here, inspired by romantic vistas and the promise of a cultured, disease free life. A century later their King erected a Meridian down the centre of the River Thames. Curiously, it appears to have been positioned in such a way as to commemorate the rivers most sacred landmarks, symbolically intersecting them, joining them together in a sacred landscape they called Arcadia.

From the thought provoking andrew gough’s arcadia

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill. photo 5ocietyx

“Trams and dusty trees.
Highbury bore me. Richmond and Kew
Undid me. By Richmond I raised my knees
Supine on the floor of a narrow canoe.”
The Wasteland, T.S Eliot

Folly, Ham

Folly, Ham. photo 5ocietyx

Ham House, Ham

Ham House, Ham. photo 5ocietyx

Old Isleworth

Old Isleworth. photo 5ocietyx

Richmond Hill @ sunset

Richmond Hill @ sunset. photo 5ocietyx

http://andrewgough.co.uk/richmond1.html

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