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.

Before and after sketches of Sherringham

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There are some few trees which have felt the terrific effects of winter winds; these cannot be removed without endangering others, to which they have long been the advanced guard; and, so far from wishing them trimmed, or otherwise reduced to a softer character, I consider them like a dry rugged channel of a winter's cataract, leaving, in summer, sublime memorials of the power of Nature's mighty agents: they form a contrast to the generally prevailing forms of beauty; and, for this reason, I have recommended, near the same spot where the ridge of the hill is to be cut down a little, to ease the descent of the road, that its banks should be left steep and abrupt, and not smoothed and turfed over; since a road is an artificial object, and may be avowed, in such cases, as a work of art. As this chasm, dividing the land from the sea views, will be one of the most striking stations at Sherringham, I have called it the Scalp, from a noted scar of this kind in Ireland. The annexed view [figs. 241 and 242] is supposed to be taken from this spot.