Magazine article The Spectator

A Blessed Plot

Magazine article The Spectator

A Blessed Plot

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THE GARDEN AT CHATSWORTH by the Duchess of Devonshire Frances Lincoln, 25, pp. 192

This book is everything one would expect from the gigantic grandeur of Chatsworth and the imaginative, always readable and occasionally mischievous writing of the Duchess of Devonshire. Not many gardens cover 105 acres, where the urns are uncountable, a single lawn can be likened to a prairie and a nine-acre reservoir feeds the great central fountain, which caused astonishment when it rose to 264 feet in 1844. Even the bamboos for supports and edging are home-made and home-grown.

The story starts in the 1550s when Bess of Hardwick and her second husband, Sir William Cavendish, began to build Chatsworth. Fountains, fishponds, gazebos and pavilions were soon surrounding the newly built house. From then on the excitement has never ceased, 400 years of life and energy, with changing fashions, changing landscapes and changing plants. …

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