The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: From London to Sheffield in the Spring of 1839

Formark House

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Formark; Sir Francis Burdett, Bart., M. P. - This is a very fine old place, in a state of utter neglect, which a little expense would render a most delightful residence. The house is well arranged, and contains a spacious suite of apartments, entered from an outside stair which rises to the height of 10 or 12 ft. above the ground; thus giving a most commanding effect to the views from the windows, and admitting of all the offices being above ground. This is an old arrangement, but it is a very good one in most situations; and decidedly the best on moist soils. In the kitchen-garden is a new range of plant houses, the framework of which is of iron, and the heating effected by hot water. In the park, in front of the house, is an oak tree upwards of 60 ft. high, with a trunk 18 in. in diameter, and the branches covering a space of 50 ft. in diameter, which sprang from an acorn planted by the present proprietor when an infant. We have seldom seen a place better adapted for floricultural display on the lawn front, but nothing of the kind is attempted. There are a number of mutilated aged oaks and elms near the house, mixed with numerous old yews and large hollies; the oaks, we were told, were mutilated by a steward from economical motives.