Tag Archives: Gothic

Repton through the window…

Repton is well-known as our first landscape gardener but he was much more than that. It’s often overlooked that he was an architect too, [although with less obvious success and renown] and much of his writing is concerned with the … Continue reading

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Recording the Rococo : Thomas Robins

Sometimes one gets a real surprise from a book. I did a few weeks ago in the British Library… and I don’t mean when I started to read it, but literally when it was brought to the counter. There were … Continue reading

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Batty goes Gothick…

Batty  Langley was an engaging self publicist with an eye to an opening in the market coupled with a  need to make a living. Last week’s post looked at  New Principles of Gardening published in 1728, his first important book. … Continue reading

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A Halfpenny-worth of Chinese

It was hard not to smile when, whilst researching for a lecture on Chinoiserie in the garden, I flicked through the pattern books published by William Halfpenny,  a virtually unknown 18thc architect.   Very little of his work appears to have survived, although what … Continue reading

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Wentworth Castle – the feud continued

Wentworth Castle, one of the products of the acrimonious family feud discussed in last week’s post, is one of the wonders of Yorkshire, indeed of the whole country. Now a grade 1 listed mansion and a Grade 1 listed landscape, … Continue reading

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