Port Eliot Red Book — Designs for Lord Eliot by Humphry Repton (1792-3)

Port Eliot Red Book: Plantations Continued


I shall now explain the uses and intention of certain plantations hinged on the map. Although it cannot be depended on as an actual guide in the exact shape or size of each, yet – the general design being explained – the outlines may be varied on the spot from minute circumstances which cannot be described on paper.

A. is a line of plantation to connect the ground near the house with the round clump and break its bonnet-like shape on that side.

B. will destroy that shape on the north side and give a line of communication to the scenery about the pool.

C. contributes to the same purpose of mending a bad shape and seems to me the best place for the line to connect with the great wood in the valley.

D., being higher ground than C., would appear naked above it from many points of view, and a plantation here will answer every purpose of continuing the wood all the way from C. to D.

E. But as every plantation loses much of its dignity, if the neighboring ground be seen above it, there will also be a necessity for planting part of the Great Furze Park . . . which will crown and unite the grand mass formed by these several plantations (A. B. C. and D.).

F. is a plantation to hide the head of the fresh water pool, which as an object of necessity and convenience ought as far as possible to be made an object of beauty in itself, though it should be concealed from view in the general scenery.

G. surrounds the farm yard and gives an interesting line of connection with The Craggs.

H. extends that connection towards the water, uniting into one fine mass of hanging wood the plantations of The Craggs and that on the steep banks of the river. I suppose walks to be made in the plantations A. B. F. G. and H.

For ease of reading, punctuation and capitalization have been modernized.