Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Ha-ha


There are wonderful views from the park at Wentworth Castle. There is a special, hidden feature: a recessed wall and ditch known as a ha-ha (probably because that describes the surprised reaction experienced when walking out across the lawn, when the feature suddenly becomes visible). These walls and ditches were often used around large country houses. They are designed to allow full appreciation of the view from the house, with no intervening walls or fences, whilst protecting the immediate surroundings from livestock.


4 comments:

  1. Very cleaver...I love the idea of an unobstructed view!

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  2. Well, it's beautiful! Funny name. I love the red touches.

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  3. What a beautiful place!!! Whoever chose to paint the fence and planters that delicious shade of brownish red (oxblood?) should be applauded.

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