Monthly Archives: April 2018

Castles for Cows…

The recent post on chickens and their houses provoked a lot interest and laughs and since many of the sites which had eccentric or extravagant buildings for poultry also had them for other domestic or farmyard beasts  I thought I’d follow … Continue reading

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Repton, movement and the double page spread…

I looked a few weeks ago at the techniques that Repton used in his Red Books, particularly his  trademark flap or overlay to show his proposed improvements. This week I  want to turn  to another aspect of the Red Books … Continue reading

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Edward Adveno Brooke and “The Gardens of England”

One of my favourite places to work and take students is the Lindley Library, part of the Royal Horticultural Society. It’s  interesting when taking groups there noticing how different things attract and appeal to different people. One book however always … Continue reading

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The Picturesque Traveller discovers Wales

A few months ago I wrote about the change in attitudes to ‘wilderness’ and ‘untamed’ landscapes in the 18thc in a post concentrating on the Lake District.  This week  I want to turn  to Wales which became another 18thc scenic landscape … Continue reading

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