The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment XxvII. Gardens Of Ashridge.

One of Repton's favourite projects

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OF all the subjects on which I have been consulted, few have excited so much interest in my mind as the plan for these gardens. This may partly be attributed to the importance and peculiar circumstances of the place; but, perhaps, more especially to its being the youngest favourite, the child of my age and declining powers: when no longer able to undertake the more extensive plans of landscape, I was glad to contract my views within the narrow circle of the garden, independent of its accompaniment of distant scenery. The large and magnificent palace recently erected in his best style of Gothic architecture, by James Wyatt, presents two fronts of more than six hundred feet, of beautiful stone, by a depth of one hundred and thirty to one hundred and seventy feet from north to south; and from the richness of its ornaments, and the quantity of its mass, it must be considered as one of the most splended specimens of wealth recently expended under the guidance of taste.