White Styles, now Royal Avenue

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Rural view with sheep before the laying out of Royal Avenue

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White Styles, now Royal Avenue

It is difficult to identify this rural scene with Royal Avenue today. It was originally laid out with Burton Court as a carriageway to the Royal Hospital. By 1748 It was known as White Stile Walk from the white ladder stiles located at each end. The current name, Royal Avenue, dates from 1875. It was made up with gravel in 1691 and enclosed by a brick wall and wooden gates. In 1719 a gatehouse was built in the northwest corner. It was demolished in 1833 when the King's Road was opened to the public. From the 1830s houses were built on either side of the open space.

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