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The Rev Ditchfield & another view of Capability Brown

Today is a post about the author or editor of around 100 books and articles, who, in the fine tradition of this blog, has partly been chosen because you won't have heard of him! He's also another in the line of gardening clergymen who seemed so prominent in the later 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Rev Peter Hampson Ditchfield was a historian and antiquarian rather than a garden writer but several of his books cover gardens in some depth, particularly those of the manor houses and villages of southern England, including Berkshire where he was a parish priest for 44 years. He writes, even in the early 20thC, in a rather nostalgic way about what has been lost because of 'modernity' but I decided to research him a bit further when I read his rather trenchant views on Capability Brown....

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