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Prestwold Hall in 1800


This house is large, commodious, and neat...  bosomed in calm serenity; and, as a near object, has many very pleasing attractions. The grounds before it are spacious, and possess much of a park-like appearance; and the house, in every point of view, shews itself delightfully shaded with wood, being ornamented with large plantations of forest trees; Mr Packe having, perhaps, planted and raised, within the last 30 years, more trees than any gentleman in this county. The land is good, and their progress is very great; being at present very beautiful, and many of them fit to cut for various purposes; and to the next generation they will be highly productive... nor a hedge, nor even a gravel-pit, is there to be seen, but what is planted with oak, ash or elm.

Originally published in the WHO Newsletter 1995.

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