The Garden Guide

Book: Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening, 1795
Chapter: Chapter 1: Concerning different characters and situations

Wembly Red Book 1

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WEMBLY. In the vicinity of the metropolis there are few places so free from interruption as the grounds at Wembly; and, indeed, in the course of my experience, I I have seen no spot within so short a distance of London, more perfectly secluded from those interferences which are the common effects of divided property, and a populous neighbourhood. Wembly is as quiet and retired at seven miles distance, as it could have been at seventy. The fatal experience of some, who begin improvements by building a house too sumptuous for the grounds, has occasionally induced others to consider the ground independent of the house; but this, I conceive, will unavoidably lead to error. It is not necessary that the house and grounds should correspond with each other in point of size, but the characters of each should be in strict harmony, since it is hardly less incongruous to see a palace by the side of a neglected common, than an ugly ill-designed mansion, whether large or small, in the midst of highly-improved scenery; to every part of which it must be considered as a disgrace.