TQ1667 : A very un-English landscape: Pavilion Terrace, Home Park, Hampton Court

taken 9 years ago, near to East Molesey, Surrey, Great Britain

A very un-English landscape: Pavilion Terrace, Home Park, Hampton Court
A very un-English landscape: Pavilion Terrace, Home Park, Hampton Court
There is something a bit unreal about this scene. In part it has to do with the low sun - so low that it seems to floodlight the tree from beneath. The clearness of the sky is due to the sharp, chilly wind - which has also helped depopulate the scene. Most of all, though - I think - we in England don't expect straight lines in the landscape, or this degree of formality. But the parklands around Hampton Court were laid out in the 17th century, long before Capability Brown came along to make sure that everything looked 'natural'. Pavilion Terrace reminds me of Italy - but history records that a number of those involved in laying out the gardens at Hampton Court had worked at Versailles.

Over the parapet on the left is the Thames, and the towpath.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 18 October, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 19 October, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Park and Public Gardens  Country estates  Air, Sky, Weather 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1603 6781 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.8481N 0:20.0118W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1607 6776
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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