ROTTEN ROW, Hyde Park, Westminster, London. Riding in Rotten Row, Hyde Park, is still a popular recreation today. Here, other people have taken to walking and carriage rides for amusement. The fashions are those of circa 1900. CN Collection
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EDITORS COMMENTS This photo print, titled "Horse traffic on Rotten Row, " takes us back in time to the bustling streets of Victorian London. The image captures a moment in history when Hyde Park's iconic Rotten Row was not only a thoroughfare for horse-drawn carriages but also a popular recreational space for riders and pedestrians alike. In this snapshot from circa 1900, we see an enchanting blend of equestrian elegance and fashionable attire. Horseback riders gracefully navigate through the crowd, showcasing their riding skills while donning stylish riding outfits of the era. Carriages glide alongside them, transporting well-to-do individuals who prefer a leisurely ride through the park. The atmosphere is vibrant with activity as people stroll along the path, enjoying Hyde Park's beauty and embracing its timeless allure. This photograph offers us a glimpse into an era where horses were still integral to daily life and transportation needs. Preserved by Historic England Archive, this remarkable piece provides valuable insight into London's rich heritage. It reminds us that even amidst technological advancements, there are enduring traditions that continue to captivate our hearts today. Whether it be horseback riding or simply taking a peaceful walk in nature's embrace, Rotten Row remains an emblematic symbol of recreation and tranquility within one of London's most beloved parks – Hyde Park.
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