The series Notes and Quotes highlights interesting people, writings, places and quotes while reading books I like. This is a way to store this information in my external memory, because my human memory often fails. Most of the topics are mapped on Discover British Isles.

Landskipping (2016) is Anna Pavord’s most recent book. As a gardening journalist she dissects the landscape, not as a geological topic, but on a historical level: painting artists, famous writers, agricultural reformers, utopian landowners, struggling ploughmen, and her own experiences from her childhood in Wales up to were she lives now in Dorset.

Wasdale, Cumbria – 4-9

Chapter 1 – Looking at the Lakes
Westmorland, Cumbria – 13-21
William Gilpin – Observations, relative chiefly to picturesque beauty, made in the year 1772, on several parts of England; particularly the mountains, and lakes of Cumberland, and Westmoreland (1786)

Chapter 2 – Painting the Prospect
Philip de Loutherbourg – 25
Paul Sandby XII Views – 25-7 / Views of North Wales
William Gilpin – River Wye – 28-35 – Observations on the River Wye, and several parts of South Wales, etc. relative chiefly to picturesque beauty; made in the summer of the year 1770 (1782)
William Gilpin – Observations, relative chiefly to picturesque beauty, made in the year 1776, on several parts of Great Britain; particularly the High-lands of Scotland (1789)

Chapter 3 – A Fitting Landscape
Northumberland – Great Whin Sill – Greenhead to Bamburgh Castle – 43

Chapter 4 – ‘I Should Paint my own Best Places’ 
John Constable – Stour Valley, East Anglia – 48-55

Chapter 5 – The Highlands
Loch Carron, Highlands – 60-1

Chapter 6 – Making the Journey
Goultrop, Little Haven, Wales – 69-71

72 – On speed of traveling: “Speed diminishes the gifts that a journey can give you, the gift, for instance, of moving through a landscape slowly enough to be able to watch it, take in its characteristics, observe the land’s relationship to the sky, the patterning made by boundaries, whether of hedge or stone, the way that trees, banks in the lanes signal changes in the underpinning of the landscape: limestone turning to chalk, clay to sandy loam. Travelling fast, especially on aeroplanes, there is not enough time to clear away the mental baggage you have brought with you from the ordinary and make e space in your mind for the extraordinary.”

74 – On travelling slowly: “The advantage of travelling slowly was that it gave time to look.”

Chapter 7 – Heavenly Hafod
Hafod House, near Aberystwyth – 79-90

Chapter 8 – The Board of Agriculture
Arthur Young – Six Months’ Tour Through the North of England – 94
William Marchall – Rural Economy of the Midlands Counties – 96

Chapter 9 – William Cobbett
William Cobbett- Rural Rides – 109

Chapter 10 – Of Rooks and Sheep
W. G. Hoskins – The Making of the English Landscape – 123

Chapter 11 – Common Land
Tithe maps

Chapter 12 – Landscape and Farmers 
Christopher Saxton – Atlas – 151
John Speed – Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine – 151
Common Ground – 152-4
Doomsday Book – 155-7

Chapter 13 – Dressing the Skeleton 
W. G. Hoskins – The Making of the English Landscape – 167-8

Chapter 14 – A Particular Patch
North and South Poorton, Dorset – 184-91

Chapter 15 – Thomas Hardy’s Wessex
Bockhampton – 198-200

Chapter 16 – What Does Landscape Offer? 
The working landscape – 207-11

209 – “But in winter, the land is reduced to its bones, and these are fine, ancient bones. Colour drains out, the lines of the hills, separated often by a line of mist between, are more strongly drawn.”


Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
Published: 28/01/2016
ISBN: 9781408868911
Length: 272 Pages