Some more information had come to light about Humphrey Repton the landscape gardener, with thanks to Carolyn Smith, from a grainy transcript on Micro film from Repton’s red book.
It appears he did not like straight lines of trees, he felt the four avenues of trees approaching Finedon Hall were old fashioned.
He advised that the lake or stagnant pool should be concealed by a plantation and the farm buildings nearby to be taken down as this spoilt the view from the Hall.
‘Adapting the modern style of Gardening around the Hall had difficulties because in the East the Vicarage, school and the Church itself, however beautiful, are much too near to the Hall.
If the Vicarage, and school are removed, the Church might be (insulated, difficulty reading the word), instead of removing them if it were possible to plant them out’. He goes on to suggest that various walls and buildings should be removed, the Vicarage pigeon House and when these were removed the village presents itself.
The village will not be an unpleasant object if some of the most unpleasant ( writers word) houses are taken down.
The rest of extracts were difficult to understand but fortunately for us the Hall, school etc were not removed to attune to his view of a modern landscape garden.