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.

Sherringham Town

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I consider the proximity of the town of Sherringham as a mine of wealth, a source of infinite interest, more valuable than the interest upon interest of the usurer. The workhouse, instead of an object of terror to the poor, and of disgust to the rich, may be made to look more like an hospital, or an asylum, and less like a prison: the street may be improved, and a cheerful village-green, with benches and a maypole, may be laid open to this house of industry: this will remind us that happiness may be extended to all ranks of mankind. The labourers' cottages, belonging to the estate, may be marked by neatness, and decorated by those ornamental shrubs and creepers, which make the whole Isle of Wight a garden so enchanting to strangers.