Antique print dated 1896. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a gold frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm, available also in either a brown frame or a black frame, your choice. RL.202.
Entitled – Highgate Archway.
Below the picture reads:
Highgate Archway. – This delightful part of the Metropolis may well be styled one of the “northern heights” of London, for its summit is about 350ft. above the level of the Thames, or 25ft. higher than Hampstead Heath. In the year 1380 or thereabouts the Bishop of London consented, on account of the “deepnesse and dirtie” passage of that way, to allow a new road to be carried from his park at Highgate, at the same time imposing a toll on all carts, waggons, and pack-horses. For this purpose there was erected on the top of the hill the gate which for more than five hundred years has given its name to the locality. Along Hornsey Lane one passes on the way to the famous Highgate Archway. This structure at the time of its erection, in 1813, was considered an engineering triumph, although, of course , it is insignificant enough by the side of more recent constructions. It is simply a bridge carried over a road which strikes off on the right at the foot of Highgate Hill, and which was formed in order to avoid the steepness of the hill itself. In cutting this road various fossil remains were found, consisting of shells, crabs and lobsters, the teeth and vertebrae of sharks and other fish, proclaiming that, at one time, the whole valley of the Thames was one large arm of the sea. The construction of this roadway cost something like £13,000, which was rather a large sum, seeing that its length is only little more than a mile. The archway thrown across this thoroughfare is of stone, about 36ft. high and 18ft. in width. It is surmounted by three semi-arches, carrying a bridge wide enough to allow of the transit of two carriages abreast.
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