Walks Through London Including the Suburbs

Walks Through London Including the Suburbs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ...from the orchestra have been appropriated for visitors at box prices; and, though some private boxes were taken away, two new ones were made for the Princess Charlotte and the Prince Cobourg, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; and both the pit and the boxes considerably elevated. The Royal boxes are on the opposite sides of the house near the stage. The back seats on the dress circle are removed, which are now reduced to three rows of chairs. Returning to the Strand, on the spot where Doiley's Warehouse now stands, was Wimbledon House, a large mansion, built by Sir Edward Cecil, third son of Thomas, Earl of Exeter. Sir Edward was much attached to military pursuits; and Stow, in his annals, says, that this house was burned quite down in November, 1628; and that theday before his lordship had the misfortune also of having his house at Wimbledon, in Surrey, blown up with gunpowder. The ruins at the back of Doiley's, formerly seen, were probably the remains of the house destroyed by fire. Near this spot stands the Lyceum Theatre, which has been rebuilt, and was opened in June, 1816. It is now called The English Opera House, and belongs to Mr. Arnold, who has spared no pains in rendering it convenient and comfortable. The diameter is thirty-five feet; and the distance from the front boxes to the orchestra is only thirty feet; so that the aotors may be seen, as well as heard, from all parts of the house. The pit is raised by an unusual elevation on an inclined plane, and has no steps, but a passage in the middle. The building is upon a smaller scale than the winter theatres; and the form of the interior is that of a lyre. The decorations of the boxes and proscenium are all indicative of its being appropriated to music. The principal box entrance...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236657977
  • 9781236657978