|An overview of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in the 18th century.|
Photo courtesy of the Foundling Museum
|'You are Here' - arriving at Vauxhall tube station.|
The site of the old pleasure gardens just a short walk away.
|The Grand Walk, Vauxhall - as portrayed in this|
painting by Canaletto.
|Here I'm standing with my back to the current entrance|
and facing towards the Thames. The railway line is visible leading
to the station on the left of the picture.
|Standing in the gardens facing the new entrance.|
Note the two tall columns marking the entry.
|The original entrance ran parallel to the modern railway line (see pic above)|
Visitors passed through the main entrance to the Proprietor's House
which is the building to the left of this painting.
|This approximates to where the Proprietor's House was,|
and also the Grand Walk (as shown in the Canaletto painting)
|The 'Grand Walk' January 2014|
|The Shard - centre - as seen from Vauxhall Gardens|
|MI6 -to the right of centre.|
|As close as I could find to the original slipway on the Thames.|
MI6 to my left ,with the gardens behind me.
|Standing on the same spot but turned through 180 degrees.|
The gardens are behind the 'bathstore'.
|An 18th century visitor landing by wherry,|
to visit the gardens.
|It's not all bad!|
Standing on the slipway, facing the Thames but with the camera pointing
to my right.