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|What did they miss at Whitwell?
Written by Jan
(9/27/2006 4:32 a.m.)
"A party was formed this evening for going on the following day to see a very fine place about twelve miles from Barton, (…) The grounds were declared to be highly beautiful, and Sir John, who was particularly warm in their praise, might be allowed to be a tolerable judge, for he had formed parties to visit them, at least, twice every summer for the last ten years. They contained a noble piece of water; a sail on which was to form a great part of the morning's amusement;"
An example of such a house is Ugbrooke, 10 miles from Exeter.
The grounds were laid out by Capability Brown in the mid C18th and the largest of the lakes looks like it could take boating parties. Above is an aerial view and below is a link to the house and grounds.
It seems like they understood the sort of place that Whitwell was and I can appreciate the level of disappointment they must have felt at not going, particularly at such short notice.
It is possible that JA visited Ugbrooke when she stayed in Dawlish:
"Excursions to some of these splendid mansions were considered almost obligatory for those holidaying on the south Devon coast…. Tourists dutifully traversed the region, intent on seeing as many of the show pieces as possible. The Revd and Mrs Rackett, for example, visited Lord Clifford’s Ugbrooke, Lord Lisburne’s Mamhead and Lord Courtenay’s Powderham Castle in the course of a six-day tour of the south Devon coast in 1802."
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