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a right angle with this turning, in the high road itself, is Addison Terrace; places named after the former illustrious inhabitant of Holland House.
Addison Road, the houses in which, upon the whole, are in good taste, is terminated by the villa of General Fox, in whose person, the descendants of Sir Stephen Fox have again married with royalty ; the lady of the gallant officer being one of the daughters of King William the Fourth.
It is curious to see the new turns that are taken by the children of new generations. A royally descended ancestress of the Foxes, grand-daughter of King Charles the Second, would as soon have thought of flying to the moon, as of “ editing" a political romance. The name of Lady Mary Fox has transpired in editorial connexion with a book of this kind; which, under the the title of an “Expedition
to the Interior of New Holland,” is an Utopian speculation, remarkable for its powers of reflection and for its liberal principles, without, in the least degree, derogating from what is becoming in the sex of the fair editor.
The landlords of some of the houses in Addison Road did not very happily christen them, when they called them“ Homer Villa,” “Cato Cottage,” &c. Cato might very well have lived in a cottage ; and his ancestor, Cato the Censor, probably did ; but people are not accustomed to associate the idea of Cæsar's antagonist with a cottage ; and the impression is not mended, when they find that the cottage is named after Addison's tragedy. “Homer Villa” is worse ; for who can associate the idea of the great ancient wandering poet with a modern citizen's box? or what critic could have fancied, that a house in a road named after Addison would ever
LEE'S NURSERY, have been named after Homer, because Addison was supposed to have written the version of the first book of the “Iliad," which bore the name of his friend Tickell !
Addison Road is of some length; is adorned with a modern chapel in good ancient style; and the backs of the houses on the eastern side make sequestered acquaintance with the trees of Holland Park. Addison Terrace does not do equal honour to its name. The houses have a thick, stunted, and huddled appearance. We believe, however, that they are better and larger than they seem.
From this point of Kensington, to its western boundary, a little further on, we know of nothing worth mention, except the boundary itself, which runs through the nursery-grounds of the Messrs. Lee. These
grounds have been known in the parish books, under the title of the Vineyard, ever since the time of William the Conqueror. Wine, described as a sort of Burgundy, was actually made and sold in them, as late as the middle of last century.
Wine was formerly made in many parts of England, probably in no great quantity. It naturally gave way to drinks more congenial to the soil. The right, popular wine of countries which do not produce wine of the best quality, is that which free trade ought to bring them (and will bring them) from those which do.
Another interesting circumstance connected with this spot, is, that it has been in the hands of the respectable family that occupies it, for three generations. The founder of it, James Lee,author of one of the earliest popular systems of Botany, was a correspondent of Linnæus.
In order to avoid the dullness of retracing our steps, we go a little beyond the bounds of the parish, and turning north and westward through pleasant Brook Green, and no less poetically-named Shepherd's Bush, return to it, and ascend Notting (originally, perhaps, Nutting) Hill. By this we arrive at Kensington Gravel-pits, which is a kind of second Kensington High Street, being to the northern boundary line of the suburb, in the Uxbridge Road, what the High Street, commonly so called, is to Kensington Proper, the road to Hammersmith.
Since the disappearance of the actual Gravel-pits, their name seems to have been superseded, of late years, by the joint influence of the new streets on Notting Hill and in Bayswater, all this portion of Kensington to the west of the turnpike being now addressed, we believe, post-officially, as Notting