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An 1830 ‘s historian’s description of the English garden in Mount Edgecumbe.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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 The English Garden is more simply arranged than either of the others. It is of considerable extent and laid out in beds of shrubs and flowers, traversed by gravel walks, which are so managed as to conceal the real limits of the enclosure.

   It contains many beautiful and majestic trees, among which are several fine magnolias, cedars of Lebanus and Virginia, and a few large cork-trees. This delightful retreat is decorated with a square Doric paviliou, containing a sitting room, and a bath, supplied with hot and cold water from the mouths of two bronze dolphins.

A bench in the garden is inscribed with the lines from Cowper.

The path which leads from the English Garden to the Blockhouse descends into a deep excavation, overshadowed by trees, and containing a number of antique funeral urns and sarcophagi: among the heap of architectural fragments ids a fine capital of the Corinthian order, brought from the reigns of Alexandria. A short distance from this spot, and close to the beach of Barnpool, is the Blockhouse which, with the little fort on the opposite promontory of Devil’s Point, was built in the reign of Queen Elizabeth for the defence of the harbour.

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An 1830 ‘s historian’s description of the italian garden in Mount Edgecumbe.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

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An 1830 historian’s description of the Italian Garden at Mount Edgecumbe, Cornwall.

At the bottom of the lawn, close to the waters edge are the Flower Gardens, cultivated in the English, French, and Italian styles. In the Italian Garden which is planted with evergreens of the rarest description, divided into sections by gravel walks, all radiating from a superb marble fountain in the centre from which a jet d’eau rises to a considerable height, presenting a remarkably pleasing effect. The bason from which the jet ascends is of marble, and is supported on the heads of four tastefully carved cariatides standing on a pedestal. This garden is chiefly charactised by long avenues of odoriferous orange trees, which is winter are removed for protection to a noble Doric building; 100 feet long and proportionably high and wide. This spot also contains several statues of modern workmanship among them is a bust of Ariosto.

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