The Garden Guide

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

Land values in Streatham

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This naturally leads me to explain the principle of improvement which I have the honour to suggest. The value of land near the capital is very great; but we are apt to treat it in the same manner as if it were a farm in the country, and estimate its produce by the ACRE, when, in fact, it ought to be estimated by the FOOT. An acre of land of the same quality, which may be worth two pounds in Worcestershire, may be worth five pounds at Streatham, for cattle; but, if appropriated to the use of man, it may be worth twenty pounds as a garden. It is, therefore, no waste of property, to recommend such a garden establishment, at Streatham, as may make it amply worth the attention of the most experienced gardener to supply the daily consumption of a town-house, and save the distant conveyance or extravagant purchase of fruit and choice vegetables; especially as such an arrangement will add to the beauty and interest of the grounds, while it increases their value.