The Garden Guide

Book: Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1803
Chapter: Chapter XIII. Ancient Mansions

Ashton Court, Bristol Somersetshire 2

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If, in conformity to buildings of this date, the courts were all to be preserved, and surrounded with buildings, or lofty walls, the damp and gloom, as well as the grandeur of former times, would be recalled; but by opening the side of these courts to the park with an iron rail, cheerful landscapes will be admitted; and by keeping the buildings in some parts low, a free circulation of air will be encouraged, and the more lofty buildings, rising above these subordinate ones, will produce that degree of grandeur and intricacy exemplified in the east view of ASHTON COURT.