Esoteric London

No. 1008: Highbury Grove, N5

Posted in Housing, Murals, Wildlife by esotericlondon on January 8, 2014

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Highbury Grove, London, N5. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Cassell’s Household Guide: Being a Complete Encyclopædia of Domestic and Social Economy, and Forming a Guide to Every Department of Practical Life, Volume I – 1869:


A small garden in front of the house looks well, unless in close neighbourhoods where nothing flourishes, or in a north aspect. Under favourable circumstances, such a little garden is a desirable adjunct, provided it is well kept. London dwellings of moderate size seldom have gardens all round, and yet in the suburbs few need be without a garden in the rear. As everybody loves flowers, everybody will desire such a garden. We say “loves flowers,” for a kitchen-garden is not in every case possible near the metropolis. Flowers and evergreens and ornamental trees can be selected for all situations, and a small garden is not necessarily expensive, while it may afford pleasure and opportunities for exercise. If a house has a garden, its condition should be noted, and it will be borne in mind that a garden to a new house is too often a mass of rubbish. There may be no paths, or none properly made and gravelled; or there may be no flower-beds, or none with more than a sprinkling of soil over brickbats and mortar, and the like. Now, if a garden does not cost much to keep, it costs something to make, and he who has to pay for the first laying-out of such a garden as we have described, will be suffering for others’ faults. “A pound saved is a pound gained,” and this is never more true than in the matter of a garden. Surely it is as much the duty of a landlord to provide gravel paths to a garden as floors to a house, and it is nothing short of dishonesty to carry away the soil, and thus to force a tenant to buy more to put in its place.


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