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COOKHAM.

COOKHAM is a considerable village, about two miles up the river from Maidenhead Bridge, and with the ivymantled tower of its church, and scattered villas, forms a very pleasing object on the Berkshire bank of the Thames, opposite the wood-clad height of Cliefden,

The bower of wanton Shrewsbury and Love.

-Here the stream, which is of a considerable breadth, loses itself, as it were, among the islands which divide it. The view embraces no very distant object, but those which compose it are of great individual beauty, and from their contrasted shapes and character, collectively, compose a most delightful picture. The Thames branches off into three different channels, forming several islands, one of which contains fifty-six acres, and is a scene of various agriculture, but sufficiently embowered to give large masses of foliage; the others are covered with the alders and the osier, and enrich the bottom. To the right is Cookham church, and what is seen of the village; and, beyond it, Cookham House, with its lofty elms, rising behind it. On the left is a large level mead of common pasturage, enlivened by herds of cattle, and the uplands of Buckinghamshire rising beyond it; nor is the ferry boat, which is continually crossing from Cookham to it, to be forgotten as an enlivening object of the scene. Onwards, are the waving grounds of Hedsor, the seat of Lord Boston, which nature tumbled about when she was in one of her gayest humours, and produce a fine display of sylvan beauty. On the summit, from a grove of beeches, rises the mansion of the family, and crowns that feature of the prospect. It were to be wished that we could give a similar character of the abrupt and shaggy brow of Cliefden, as rich as foliage can make it; but the splendid structure which it bore has not

only ceased to form a part of the landscape which we are attempting to describe, but to be the proud ornament of the country round it. Some years ago it was destroyed by fire, and another phoenix has not yet arisen from what little the conflagration spared.

Such are the beauties of which Cookham possesses the view, and to which it offers in return its village scenery; in which the tower of the church is seen to predominate.

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