In “email-conversation” with Calista a few weeks ago, we got to discussing travel guides and I mentioned those published by Murray – because I remembered it being used in The Ruskins in Normandy: Tour in 1848 with Murray’s Handbook.
So tonight, when looking around Internet Archive, I thought to see what they had for these travel guides.
They were published too late for the travels undertaken by Mary, Charles, Drummond Smith – but I’m sure other members of the family knew of them, perhaps even used them.
I had to post this title page illustration for Murray’s 1851 handbook to “Modern” London – and I invite you to read about the city by following this link: Modern London, Or London as it is.
Had some laughs over these “Hints to Strangers”:
- “London should be seen between May and July.”
- “Saturday is the aristocratic day for sight seeing.”
- “Monday is generally a workman’s holiday.”
- “Never listen to those who offer ‘smuggled’ cigars in the street.”
- “Avoid gambling houses or ‘hells’.”
- “Beware of drinking the unwholesome water furnished to the tanks of houses from the Thames…”
Akkk! Murray’s writes of Portland Place as “a wide monotonous street” – Mrs Smith and Mr Gosling would not be pleased….
Page 32 describes Regent’s Park, a destination Mary mentions often. They loved the Zoological Gardens, visiting often each season.
Page 264 discusses “Langham-place Church” – which was New Church when Mary and Charles married in 1826.
A listing of Murray’s English and Continental Handbooks are found at the end of the book.
Murray’s Handbooks Series @ Internet Archive
other titles have been digitized by Google