The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wilshire, Dorsetshire, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent in the Summer of 1832

Littlecot Park

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Littlecot Park, General Popham. -Aug. 16. This is a fine old place of the sixteenth century, with both the house and the grounds in perfect preservation. Taking it altogether, we hardly know of such another: Wroxton, near Banbury, bears a remote resemblance to it. The house lies in a deep secluded bottom on the river Kennet, enclosed by walled gardens; which are surrounded by a park consisting of high ground under turf, and laid out in avenues and lines, chiefly of elms and beeches, in the geometrical style. The approach-road forms an avenue of elms 30 ft. wide and a furlong in length, which brings the stranger to the enriched iron gates in front of the venerable mansion. It is characterised by high roofs covered with tiles, by various gable-ends projecting from them, and by magnificent cathedral-like windows, reaching from the ground to the eaves. The entrance is through iron gates and palisading, to a circular platform; to the right and left of which are flower-gardens and shrubberies, planted with shrubs and flowers now considered common, but kept in the very highest order. At the west end of one of these gardens is a raised platform, or terrace, from which the park and all the pleasure-gardens are overlooked.