The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xiv. Wingerworth.

Wingerworth Hall architecture

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The house at Wingerworth is one of those magnificent piles which were copied from the modern palaces of France and Italy, before our more fastidious architects had discovered the remains of ancient Greece, and applied the peristyle and the portico of a Grecian temple, without any windows, to a dwelling-house in England, requiring more than a hundred such useful apertures. But the true admirer of pure Grecian architecture is apt to forget the difference betwixt the Hyp�thral temple without a roof, and the English mansion, not habitable without doors, and windows, and chimneys. It is with a combined view to utility and magnificence, that we must look at Wingerworth Hall; and, however it may be necessary to alter its interior, in compliance with the change in modern habits of life, I should regret any alteration in the stately appearance of its exterior; on the contrary, it will be found that what I shall suggest will increase, rather than diminish, its imposing character as a palace [see fig. 187].