Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Sketches and hints on landscape gardening : collected from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground
[Landscape gardening. Concerning different characters and situations. cont.], pp. 3-4
3 The Pale The rVi P I House ThAP-hE House Water SECTION OF STANMORE. ' Where the natural shape of the ground is con- 'cave, as that at Stanmore, nothing can be more desirable than to enrich the horizon by planta- 'tions on the highest ground, and to flood the lowest by a lake or river: in such a situation, the most pleasing scenes will be, within the pale, 'looking on the opposite rising bank fringed with trees, or occasionally catching distantviews 'over or beyond the fence.' SECTION OF BRANDSBURY. I On the contrary, if the natural shape be con- ' vex, any fence crossing the declivity must inter- ' cept those distant views which an eminence ' should command, and which at Brandsbury are so rich and varied, that nothing can justify their total exclusion. A walk round a paddock in such a situation, inclosed by a lofty fence, would be a continual source of mortification; as every step would excite a wish either to peep through, or look over, the pale of con- finement.'