Papworth, John Buonarotti, 1775-1847. / Hints on ornamental gardening : consisting of a series of designs for garden buildings, useful and decorative gates, fences, railroads, &c. : accompanied by observations on the principles and theory of rural improvement, interspersed with occasional remarks on rural architecture
On the arrangement of ground for improvement, and for the distribution of its buildings, gardens, &c., pp. 33-36 ff.
SITE OF THE HOUSI. avowed and praiseworthy example of candour and good sense to every architectural amateur. It is wholly impossible to devise rules that shall be universally applicable to every site, character, and circumstance of a place, but, as hints for due consideration, there are some so useful towards forming the general plan, that they ought not to be omitted. Foremost amongst which are those for the SITUATION OF THE HOUSE. The site for the house itself must evidently have the lead of every other part, and too great care cannot be taken that it shall be well placed upon the ground by which is meant that it shall command all the advantages that the spot itself is capable of affording, with such others as are to be obtained by views, openings, or shelter from the adjacent country, and from apart- mnents so situated as also to receive the highest possible benefit of aspect; the mansion having free and well regulated conI- nexion with its offices and gardens. A supply of water and the means of quick and ample drainage from all these, are no less important considerations; and indeed, amongst the wise eccle- siastic builders in our own country, and with the architects of Rome and Italy, it was the first. If the quantity of ground be but of moderate extent, unless very small indeed, it is evident that it would be generally inju- diciolls to place the house in the middle of the property, A .-MOVSE becauise its situation being nearly equi-distant froin its boundary, 34 iA ! , , C- - -'.
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