The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxxiv. Extracted From The Report Of Endsleigh, A Cottage On The Banks Of The Tamar, In Devonshire, By Permission Of His Grace The Duke Of Bedford. Situation And Character.

Weir at Endsleigh

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THE WEIR. Instead of a magnificent and costly bridge at a distance from the house, I shall propose crossing the water immedi- ately opposite, by means of a weir. The surface of this weir may be levelled, and paved with flat stones, to the width of fifteen or twenty feet, at about eighteen inches or two feet below the common summer height of the river, making a safe ford for carriages; and, by inserting large blocks of stone, a bridge of timber, or cast-iron, may be thrown over for horses and foot passengers, above the common summer's flood, but so strongly secured as to bear the winter torrents to flow over the whole.