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

Tidworth Garden

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There is a handsome architectural conservatory, designed by Mr. Page of Southampton, joined to the house; but on the lawn, which is too much limited by the boundary fence, there are a number of flower-beds put down at random, without any obvious leading principle. The grounds on one side of the bottom in which the house stands rise steeply, and are planted in the style of a park terminating in massive woods; on the other side they rise, and are laid out as pleasure-ground, so contrived as to conceal the kitchen-garden, stables, and dog-kennels. There is a fine vista from the window of the study up this last steep slope; terminating in a small temple, with an intervening fountain, which constitutes the finest scene in the pleasure-ground. On the top of the hill is a well of great depth, from which the water is raised by means of a steam-engine of four-horse power, to a reservoir, from which the whole place is supplied. One pipe surrounds the house; and has, at different distances, branches to which leathern hose can be attached, by which water can be conveyed to the distance of 150 ft., either for the purpose of extinguishing fire in the house, or watering the beds on the lawn. Mr. Saunders applied it to the latter purpose in our presence; and we must say, that, independently of its use, it is even entertaining as an exhibition.