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Victorian Jubilations

The Victorian  age saw public parks springing up all round the country. Rapid urbanization and industrialization led to poor housing, grinding poverty and fears of social unrest.   Parks were seen, by reformers, as one way of diffusing potential problems … Continue reading

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Bevis Bawa @ Brief

Let’s start  with some not very good [actually pretty awful] poetry because  it gives a flavour of today’s subject: In the land where the jaggery grows And the skies are raucous with crows Years ago on a pastoral hill Which … Continue reading

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Harlaxton: “Beyond your imagination”

Unfortunately I haven’t had a single answer to the question -“Why did he do it?” – that I posed at the end of last week’s post about Harlaxton the “Jacobethan” marvel dreamed up and then lovingly built by Gregory Gregory. … Continue reading

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Harlaxton: Gregory’s Dream

On the way to a family wedding last weekend I stopped off at Harlaxton near Grantham in Lincolnshire. Like John Claudius Loudon before me   I “had heard much of this place from various architects and amateurs for several years.” … Continue reading

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The Cottage Garden and its origins

We all know what a cottage garden looks like don’t we?  We might even be able to describe its main features, although a short  definitive account is quite elusive. So where does the phrase come from? When is it first … Continue reading

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