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The most fashionable bridle path
in all of Regency London was Rotten Row
in Hyde Park
. It has been a very popular setting in countless Regency romance novels all the way back to Georgette Heyer. Rotten Row is still maintained as a bridle path in Hyde Park even today. However, there have been changes made to Rotten Row over the years, so that the Row today is not the same Row along which fashionable ladies and gentlemen of the Regency rode to see and be seen.
What are the origins of Rotten Row, how did it get its name, and what was it like during the years of the Regency?
Posted on 08/07/09 at 07:07:00 by Kathryn Kane
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying your exploration of London and will enjoy your time in Hyde Park.
You are right about Regent's Park. It was not open to the public until 1838. Green Park was open to the public during the Regency years. However, in 1814, due to the damage caused to the Park by the crowds during the celebrations of the victory over Napoleon, it was closed to equestrians, leaving Hyde Park and Rotten Row the primary venue for riding and driving in Regency London.
Good to know. I saw Regent's Park the other day, but I have yet to explore Hyde Park. Regent's Park, of course, was created later, so was not a popular destination for our Regency characters.
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