The Garden Guide

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

Wingerworth Hall beauties

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CONCLUSION. It would be impossible to enumerate all the points in which new beauties might be elicited from the natural situation and circumstances of Wingerworth; it seems to have been unfortunately treated, in all that regards its pleasure-ground walks, as if it had been a villa at Clapham, or a flat scene in Lincolnshire; but I will not advise the alteration of what has been so recently finished; I will rather turn my attention to the general effect of the whole, and the improvement of its great features, leaving the lesser errors to outgrow and correct themselves. The too hasty removal of hedges and masses of trees, in compliance with the modern fashion of mistaking extent for beauty, has made it difficult to give the ground, so cleared, the appearance of an ancient park; and we must rather look forward to the future effect of those large masses, which have been more judiciously planted, than to the mistaken assemblage of dots and clumps, with which modern gardening is apt to disfigure an open lawn.