The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: British Gardens (1100-1830)

Chatsworth Garden Design

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561. Chatsworth (fig, 174.), the magnificent seat of the Duke of Devonshire, was laid out in this reign; and, it is conjectured, from a design by the same artist. (Beauties of England and Wales: Derbyshire.) Waller the poet formed his residence at Beaconsfield about the same time. The grounds there being very irregular, he has been at considerable labour in reducing the parts near the house and banqueting-room to regular slopes and levels, harmonising with an oblong basin or canal. It is but justice to the memory of this amateur, who was undoubtedly a man of taste in his day, to say, that, in some parts, no appearance of art is discernible, or seems ever to have been intended. Their dry, ragged-edged paths, conducted through the natural woods, form a fine contrast to the artificial scenes at Prior's Park.