Ghosts of the Georgian city of beasts can still be found in London. You just have to know where to look. Here are some of the author’s favourite beastly spots…
Smithfield livestock market
Smithfield meat market
The King’s Mews, Charing Cross
The National Gallery
Those ‘pepper pots’ look remarkably similar to the ventilation towers in the King’s Mews. This building was so iconic that it seems likely the Gallery’s architect, William Wilkins, felt inspired or obliged to replicate them in his design.
West End mews
Homes for the horses, coachmen and grooms of very wealthy Londoners
Homes for wealthy Londoners
Entrance to Hyde Park
And in the background, spectators watch riders show off on Rotten Row (top left to bottom right)
Rotten Row, Hyde Park
Horse riding continues but not with quite the same intensity
1790s?: A riding school
Today: Riding house at the Royal Mews
Images 1, 5, 7 & 9 courtesy of Wellcome Collection; The New York Public Library; British Library Board; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.