The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xvi. Concerning Villas.

Goose common in North England

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To give the name of the place, or the proprietor, in such cases, would be only proclaiming the folly or perverseness of individuals; but if all examples were suppressed, from this feeling of delicacy, some of the most interesting specimens would be lost, and I should be guilty of injustice to the powers of the art which I have so long professed to cultivate. For this reason, I will refer to a nameless specimen of improvement in the north of England, where a villa, placed on the edge of a goose-common, commanded a view of distant country, enriched with woods and gentlemen's seats; but the leading feature of the landscape was a row of mean tenements [see fig. 191], with some of those places of worship too apt to disfigure the neighbourhood of all great manufacturing districts. These white-washed scars, in modern landscape, form a melancholy contrast to the venerable churches and remnants of edifices of former times, which are now suffered to moulder into ruins.