The Garden Guide

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

Uppark entrance

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THE ENTRANCE. As the principal object of improvement at Uppark relates to an alteration in the entrance, I shall endeavour to explain the causes which have rendered such alteration necessary. Before the introduction of Roman architecture into England, all the palaces and large mansions consisted of one or more quadrangles, surrounded by buildings, as at Cowdray, Hampton Court, &c. But at the time when Uppark was built, the fashion of these quadrangles was about to be changed; though, for a long time after, it was continued in the entrance fronts; and, at Uppark, where the entrance was to the east, a basse cour, or court, was preserved; and in so lofty and exposed a situation, such an entrance was absolutely necessary to the comfort of the residence; for, however the views might be opened from the other windows of the house, those on the same side with the entrance could command only a view surrounded by walls or buildings.