The Garden Guide

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

Turrets, chimney shafts and oriel windows

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The turrets, chimney shafts, and oriels, will be found in the examples of BURLEIGH, BLICKLING, HAMPTON COURT, HATFIELD, &c., or in most of the buildings of Henry VIII. and Elizabeth, The centre of the north front, although of the same character, being in imitation of a building somewhat earlier than Elizabeth, together with the peculiarity of its form, it is necessary to describe why it has been adopted. Here another principle arises, viz., that in designing any Gothic building, it is presumed that some fragments exist of the style we propose to imitate; otherwise it ceases to be an imitation.