21 S Route 30. WINDSOR. From London
the river now becomes very circuitous. To the left is the Oatlands
Park Hotel, between which and London a coach plies in summer.
r. Halliford f*Ship Hotel; Red Lion) and Shepperton, opposite
which the Wey enters the Thames.
30 51. (1.) Weybridge, with a Roman Catholic chapel in which
Louis Philippe (d. 1850) was interred (comp. p. 55).
32 M. (1.) Chertsey (Bridge; Crown; Swan), a small town with
7800 inhab., i/2 M. from the river, which is here crossed by a bridge
and passes through another lock. Scanty remains of the old abbey
still exist, and the house in which Cowley the poet died in 1667
is marked by an inscription. A little farther up, on the right, is
Laleham, where Dr. Thomas Arnold lived before he became head¬
master of Rugby. About 1 M. to the N.W. of the station is St.
Anne's Hill (view), with the summer residence of Charles James
Fox. — We now pass (34 M.) Penton Hook Lock, with a somewhat
35'/2 M> (*•) Staines (Angel; Pack Horse), with a substantial
granite bridge. About 1/,2 M. farther up is Bell Weir Lock, beyond
which, on the left, is the famous field of Runnimede, where the
Barons encamped in 1215. Just above is Magna Charta Island,
where King John signed the charter; the little house is said to
cover the very stone that served him for a table. Opposite rises
Cooper's Hill, with a well-known military engineering college, and
a little farther up is the Bells of Ouseley Inn, noted for its ale.
40 M. Old Windsor Lock, with waterworks for supplying 5Vind-
sor Castle. The next bend may be avoided by the 'cut' that joins
the river again at the Albert Bridge.
411//2 M. (r.) Datchet (Manor House; Royal Stag), the scene of
Sir John Falstaff's unpleasant experiences at the hands of the '5Ierry
5Vives of Windsor". It is a favourite haunt of anglers. A little far¬
ther on we pass under Victoria Bridge, and rounding another bend
have before us Eton (to the right) and —
43 M. (1.) Windsor (* White Hart, Castle, High St.; Bridge House
Hotel, near the bridge on the N. bank), a town with 19,000 inhab.,
well-known as the ancestral residence of the English sovereigns.
A detailed description of Windsor, Windsor Castle, and Eton is
given in Baedeker's London. The best scenery on the Thames lies
between Windsor and Oxford, and many tourists begin or end the
excursion here (boat-charges V5"'/fi less)-
About 2 51. above Windsor is Boveneu Lock^ Numerous country-
houses are seen on both banks. On Monkey Island, where the
stream is very swift, is an inn, frequented by anglers.
4S1 o 51. (l.J Brai/ (George 1, with a large church, containing
some excellent brasses.
The famous 'Vicar of Bray* is said to have been Simon Aleyn (d.
1588), who lived in the reigns of Henry VIII., Edward VI., Mary", and
Elizabeth, and thrice changed his creed. Other authorities maintain that
the 'Bray' of the song is in Ireland.