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.

Fencing in agricultural landscapes

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For, in the present taste for park scenery, a corn-field is not admissible, because every fence must be removed, except those which are most offensive, such as separate woods and lawns. In the principal view to the south, this modern taste may be indulged to the greatest excess, by "lawning a hundred good acres of wheat;" but I should not advise the extending the verdant surface too far, as I consider the mixture of corn-lands with woods, at a distance, more cheerful than grass, because, at certain seasons, at seed-time and at harvest, it may be enlivened by men as well as beasts. I hope I may be here allowed to indulge my favourite propensity for humanizing, as well as animating, beautiful scenery, by a hint respecting the future occupation of Sherringham. It has already been observed, that the places most celebrated for their beauty are most known to the public; but "many a gem of purest ray serene" is locked up in the casket, lest man should breathe upon it; let me hope to unlock this treasure occasionally to strangers. I do not mean to destroy the comfort and privacy of Sherringham, by admitting, near the house, all the tourists and felicity-hunters of Cromer and the coast, but at such a distance as the temple. One day in the week might be granted them to share in the beauties of this spot. This occasional glitter of distant moving objects, with the sight of carriages coming to the house, would furnish lively features to contrast with the quiet, yet appropriate view from the house towards the south.