Swimming in the garden

An easily overlooked reference from 1766 indicates that the owner of Huys ten Donck (Ridderkerk) liked to swim in a ditch in his garden. No evidence of a bath house or similar structure has survived.

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Summary

An easily overlooked reference from 1766 indicates that the owner of Huys ten Donck (Ridderkerk) liked to swim in a ditch in his garden. No evidence of a bath house or similar structure has survived.

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Overlooked evergreens

Drawings showing garden scenes often reveal the presense of evergreen plantations, while these are not visible on maps or birds-eye views of the same garden (sometimes by the same artist). As we have much more maps and plans at our disposal – as a vital source – I now wonder how many evergeen plantations of significance we miss during our research.

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Summary

Drawings showing garden scenes often reveal the presense of evergreen plantations, while these are not visible on maps or birds-eye views of the same garden (sometimes by the same artist). As we have much more maps and plans at our disposal – as a vital source – I now wonder how many evergeen plantations of significance we miss during our research.

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