Category Archives: Villa Castagna

Pavilions, Fabriques, and the Reverential Copy

[This paper discusses a category of building that is related to, and sometimes overlaps with, the pavilion: the fabrique. The fabrique is not to be confused with the folly, although both are found in parks and gardens and the terms … Continue reading

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Silvertop Ash Cladding on Montacute

On cladding Montacute. How to handle silvertop ash shiplap cladding. Continue reading

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The Monkey Puzzle Parterre at Biddulph Grange

At the National Trust’s Biddulph Grange garden in England they have a little terraced gardens in the section called ‘Italy’ which has four small monkey puzzle trees in a little box-edged parterre centred on a stone vase (Figs 1–3). This … Continue reading

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On Water-spouts. Chastleton House

At Chastleton House there is a dovecote in the field over the road that is all that remains of another house there (Fig. 1). It dates from 1762. It is square in plan, with four arches on the ground floor … Continue reading

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On Dragon Spouts

I first noticed dragon spouts in Krakow, in the Wavel castle courtyard, and have kept an eye out for them since. You can just see them in the general view of this amazing courtyard, with it loggia supported on classical … Continue reading

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On Elizabethan Windows

Elizabethan windows can for practical purposes be defined as windows, often in the form of a bay, divided into tall vertical strips by mullions, and normally crossed by a single horizontal mullion high up, so that the upper panels are … Continue reading

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Chestnut trees: snapping, splitting and propping

Chestnut trees are very brittle, and large branches (sometimes 400 mm in diameter) often snap in storms. I have realised that matters are made worse if branches are forced to grow upwards by being planted too close together, since the … Continue reading

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