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Blaise Castle, root-house

Blaise Castle, root-house

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15540

Item number: f.116

Length: 189

Width: 269

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This roothouse (made principally of tree roots) is situated in the pleasure gardens of Blaise Castle. The gardens were designed in the late 18th century by Humphrey Repton, and comprises winding paths down to the River Trym, wooded glens and charming copses. The castle itself is a Gothic-style folly built in 1766 by Thomas Farr, who later became Mayor of Bristol.

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