The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Appendix. II. Description of an English Suburban residence, CHESHUNT COTTAGE.

Cheshunt Cottage in London 20

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It is, however, right to state that Mr. Harrison accords with our general view of the subject, but "defends the walk in question as an exception founded on his objects in making it; which were, 1st, to have a walk different from any other in the garden; and 2d, a walk sheltered from the winter southerly gales, and ornamented by the bloom of the laurustinus at that season. It is, therefore, so slightly curved as merely to avoid a straight line, and permits an extent of length, not found in any other part, to be seen on descending the elevation at the east end, or on emerging from wood at the west end, where, when the improvements connected with it are finished, it will enter a dense plantation, the walk going round at the back of the building in that corner. The fence would have been entirely excluded from either near or distant view, and the eye carried so as not to catch a view of the grounds of the field nearer than one hundred yards or more at the least, if the laurustinuses had not suffered so severely in 1837-38; but these will by next year, and by trees already planted along the border, and others to be planted irregularly, at intervals, in the field near the fence in a great measure, Mr. Harrison thinks, obviate the objection made, or at least lessen the force of it, as future appearances will, he thinks, prove-W. H."