Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Observations on the theory and practice of landscape gardening: including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts, in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally written; the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the respective arts
Chapter XIII: Ancient mansions--danger of modernizing--three characters of Gothic architecture--for castles, churches, and houses--Corsham House--mixing characters, how far allowable--Port Eliot--remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, extracted from the Red Book in the Library of Magdalen College, Oxford--example of additions to the Gothic mansion of Ashton Court, pp. 187-188 ff.
187 CHAPTER XIII. Ancient Mansions- Danger of modernizing-i Three Characters of Gothic Architecture-for Castles; Churches, and Houses- CORSIAM HouSE- Mixing Characters, how far allowable- PORT ELIOT-Remarks on Grecian and Gothic Architecture, extracted from the Red Book in the Libraiy of MAGDALEN COLLEGE, Oxford-Example of Additions to the Gothic Mansion of ASHTON COURT. THE following extract from the Red Book of CO'RSHAM, may serve to exemplify the impropriety of improving the grounds without previous attention to the style, character, and situation of the house. At the time CORSHAM HoUsE was erected, instead of the modern houses now placed in the centre of parks, distant from every other habitation, it was the glory and pride of an English baron to live in or near the town or village which conferred its title on his palace, and often on himself. Nor was the proximity of the village attended with any inconvenience so long as the house was disjoined from it by ample court yards, or massive gates; some of its fronts might look into a garden, lawn; or park, where the neighbours could not intrude. Yet even these views, in some instances, were confined, formal, and dull, by lofty walls and clipped hedges.
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