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Page 443. " A group of young women on horseback came trotting down Rotten Row "
Oilette postcard entitled 'The Parade, Rotten Row'
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeOilette postcard entitled 'The Parade, Rotten Row' - Credit: Leonard Bentley (photograph); Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. (postcard)

 Rotten Row is a broad thoroughfare less than a mile long which leads from Hyde Park Corner to Serpentine Road within Hyde Park.

It was created by William III at the end of the 17th century, and given the name Route de Roi, which became corrupted to Rotten Row. In the 18th century, it was an important meeting point for London society who would ride on Rotten Row, or drive in carriages along the South Carriage Drive which runs close by.

In 1876, Rotten Row was given a brick base, and sanded, to make it more suitable for horseriding, and it remains in use as a bridleway up to the present day.

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Rotten Row, Hyde Park (2010)
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRotten Row, Hyde Park (2010) - Credit: Rankeelaw