Archive for the tag 'Queen Victoria'

THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION WAS IN full swing when “The Queen,” the early steam locomotive that transported Queen Victoria between Windsor and London, was constructed. In fact, Victoria was the first British monarch to travel by rail, making her maiden voyage on June 13, 1842.
During her long reign, from 1837 to 1901, Victoria traveled by train dozens of [...]

15 Comments CherryPie on Aug 11th 2022

Victoria Pleasure Gardens were created by public subscription to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. These gardens were popular with the elegant Edwardians and in 1910 Walkers of Tewkesbury installed a band-stand which was in regular use until the 1950s. In 2007 a combination of severe flooding and reduced funding devastated the [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Jul 20th 2022

The first day of the bank holiday commemorating the Platinum Jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II saw us visiting Boscobel House. Boscobel House is famous as a hiding place for King Charles II when fleeing for his life after his defeat in the Civil War. He spent a night in one of priest [...]

6 Comments CherryPie on Jun 2nd 2022

We are now leaving the Palace to take a walk through the gardens towards the Round Pond, which you can see from an upstairs window just beyond the statue of Queen Victoria.  On the way there I really must show you the sunken garden:

The Sunken Garden was laid out during the reign of Edward VII [...]

13 Comments CherryPie on Feb 18th 2010

After a quick painless journey on the high speed train (from Ashford) followed by a rather more arduous journey on the tube we arrived at Kensington where we took a brief stroll through the gardens to Kensington Palace.
The official guidebook to the palace opens with the following words:

Welcome to Kensington Palace, once a favoured home [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Feb 10th 2010