The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxx. Concerning Entrance Lodges And Cottages.

Entrance archways

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Among the various designs for the entrance into a park, that of an archway is supposed to be copied from those ancient specimens which may still be found near colleges and manor-houses, and in the remains of monastic buildings; but it should be remembered, that such lofty arches are only found when joined on each side by high walls, or attached to buildings surrounding a court-yard. When a lofty archway is seen rising up in the air, being placed at the boundary of a park, and having only a low paling on each side, it is out of character, and, in fact, bears the appearance of a mere eye-trap, and may be compared to a high gate, or stile, by the side of a gap in the hedge.