Map: Section from Middlesex ( 1812) by John Cary

STAINES is a market town situated on the banks of the river Thames about 17 miles west by south of London. It was so called from its being the antient boundary to the jurisdiction of the city of London, on the river. There is now above the bridge at Coln Ditch, a stone set up for this purpose called London mark stone,which bears the date of the year 1280. Staines is  a lordship of the crown, and is governed by 2 constables,with 4 hearthboroughs appointed by the kin’s stewards. An iron bridge was thrown across the river here which was opened September 3rd 1803; but some defect having been found in the foundation of it, it is in the contemplation to take it down. The Thames is here about 80 feet broad. The town has been much improved of late years.

Market Day and Fairs: Market day, Friday. Fairs, May 11 and September 10

Mail: The London Mail is dispatched at half past 3 in the morning and the country mail at half past 10 at night.

Text: Crosby’s Complete Pocket Gazetteer of England and Wales (1807) by the Reverend J. Malham.

Engraving: The Beauties of England and Wales Vol. X, Part V.by J. Norris Brewer

Jane Austen References

The Letters

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 23rd August 1796

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 24th October 1798

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 27th october 1798