The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment XxxIII. Extracted From The Report On Sherringham Bower, In Norfolk, A Seat Of Abbot Upcher, Esq. Situation.

Aspect at Sherringham, Norfolk

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Firstly. The aspect. There can be no doubt that a southern aspect is the most desirable for rooms which are to be occupied throughout the year, because the sun, in winter, is always acceptable, and, in summer, it is so much more elevated, that it is rarely objectionable, and easily shaded. This is not the case with the eastern or western aspect, where the rays, being more oblique, are not to be shaded but by obliterating the prospect; and, as the prevailing winds, with rain, generally come from the south-west, a little turn towards the south-east is to be preferred. This I propose at Sherringham, and, for two other reasons, it makes the view towards the opposite woods more central; and it gives more room for the offices and appendages proposed towards the west. A northern aspect is seldom advisable, except in mansions on a very great scale, or in Cornwall, or on the southern coast, where it is generally preferred to the sea exposure; it will, therefore, I trust, be acknowledged, that the site is perfect as far as it relates to aspect*. *[The reasons for a south-east aspect were before given, in Fragment No. 22, although here repeated to preserve this Fragment entire.]