The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment VIII. On Blenden Hall, Kent.

Blenden Hall, architecture

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THE HOUSE. The house having adopted a new character, from its late alterations, I have subjoined a sketch of its south and east fronts [figs. 168 and 169], combined in perspective, which may serve to explain the effect of removing some tall trees, by which it is now oppressed, and deprived of that consequence which its Gothic character has assumed. This sort of comparative influence of trees, on a building, deserves attention; and the sketch presents a favourable specimen of that species of architecture which has already been mentioned as Wyatt's Gothic, because introduced by that ingenious architect; although not strictly in conformity with the abbey, castle, or collegiate characters, or even with that of the old manor-house; but, since it evidently belongs rather to the Gothic than the Grecian style, it will be advisable to adopt such expedients as best assimilate with buildings of the date of Queen Elizabeth, all which relate to the appendages; especially as they add, not only to the comfort, but to the picturesque effect of the mansion: among these may be reckoned the fore-court, which extends a degree of neatness a little farther into the lawn, and this, being fenced by a dwarf-wall, should be entered by a gate in the centre.