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

Strathfieldsaye new palace

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A spot was pointed out to us where it was intended to erect the new palace, the model for which, we were informed, is in one of the rooms of the present house. We hope it is not a frigid compilation in the Grecian or Roman manner. We should wish to see a magnificent pile in the old English or in the Italian style; such as our correspondents Mr. Barry and Selim, or Mr. Mallet and Mr. Lamb (figs. 1436. and 1660. of the Encyclopï¾µdia of Cottage Architecture), could design, based by terraces, and united with the scenery by conspicuous offices and out-buildings. The present house is not worth improving for such a park, which, when the purchases made by the duke, who, like a wise man, does not spend half his income, are added to it, will extend 16 miles in length, and include the same length of the river Loddon. Half this length of the river, and the country as far as Southampton, will be seen from the intended palace. After all, however, we have no desire to see a palace built at Strathfieldsaye; and, if the duke acts in conformity with the spirit of the age in which he lives, he will divide his estate equally between his two sons, and let them build what they think fit. Henceforth palaces will only be built for public purposes; the tendency among all private persons is no equalisation; first in knowledge, and, secondly, indeed, consequently, in wealth and comfort.