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Gibside

I wonder what George would have made of the children picnicking or playing football on his lawn?  He’d probably be more concerned that both his house and orangery lie in ruins and wonder how his wonderful estate came to such … Continue reading

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Oh I do like to SIT beside the sea-side

Seaside holidays in Britain conjure up a whole range of images… beaches, sandcastles, piers, amusement arcades, rock and candy-floss, boarding houses and their landladies, rainy days, as well as all those lovely seaside gardens, but maybe the one building that … Continue reading

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Charles McIntosh

Oh no I can almost hear you thinking – another post about a dull old man who happened to like gardening…. but don’t give up yet because Charles McIntosh or M’Intosh as he is often called is neither dull nor … Continue reading

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West Wycombe : the perfect Georgian park?

After last week’s post about Sir Francis Dashwood, outlining the background history of West Wycombe and its wider landscape today I’m turning my attention to the pleasure grounds and parkland of the estate.  Like the house itself these were designed … Continue reading

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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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