King's Road in 1820, a watercolour by William P Sherlock

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Watercolour of King's Private Road toll gate

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King's Road in 1820, a watercolour by William P Sherlock

Until 1830 the King's Road was a private road for use by the monarch. Charles II had the rural track gravelled and converted into a carriageway. It became known as The King's Private Road, hence the modern name the King's Road. Access was limited to those carrying a special token. One side stamped The King's Private Road and the other with the King's monogram. Gates, as shown in this watercolour, prevented others from using the road.

Location of original: Chelsea Print Room A772
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