The Natural History of Wiltshire eBook

John Aubrey
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11.  From the leads of Wilton House to Salisbury, Ivy-church, &c. — Sir R. Sawyer, Attorney-Genl.

12.  The prospect that I drew from Warren, above Farleigh-castle Parke; and take another view in the parke. — Sir Edward Hungerford. (This prospect of Farleigh is in my book A, at the end; with Mr. Anthony Wood.)

13.  The prospect of Malmesbury from the hill above Cowbridge.  This I have drawn.

14.  I have drawn the prospect of Salisbury, and so beyond to Old Sarum, from the lime-kills at Harnham. (Memorandum.  Mr. Dankertz did make a very fine draught of Salisbury.  Enquire of Mr. Thompson, the printseller, who bought his draughts, if he hath it) — Seth Ward, Bishop of Sarum. (Set down the latitude and longitude of Salisbury.)

15.  A draft of the toft of the castle and keep of Castle Comb. — Jo.  Scroop, Esq.

16.  A Mappe of Wiltshire, to be donne by Mr. [Brown?] that did Staffordshire. (Advertisement to the surveyor of Wiltshire, as to the mappe. — Let him make his two first stations at the south downe at Broad Chalke, which he may enlarge two miles or more; from whence he may ken with his bare eye to Portsmouth, all the Isle of Wight, to Portland, to the towers and chimny’s of Shaftesbury, to Knoll-hill, to the promontory of Roundway-down above the Devises:  to St. Anne’s hill, vulgo Tanne hill, to Martinsoll hill, to Amesbury becon-hill, to Salisbury steeple, &c.  When he comes into North Wiltshire his prospect will not be much shorter.  There he will take in Glastenbury-torre and Gloucestershire, and Cumnor Lodge in Barkshire).

If these views were well donn, they would make a glorious volume by itselfe, and like enough it might take well in the world.  It were an inconsiderable expence (charge) to these persons of qualitie, and it would remaine to posterity, when their families are gonn and their buildings ruin’d by time or fire, as we have seen that stupendous fabrick of Paul’s Church, not a stone left on a stone, and lives now onely in Mr. Hollar’s Etchings in Sir William Dugdale’s History of Paul’s.  I am not displeased with this thought as a desideratum, but I doe never expect to see it donn; so few men have the hearts to doe publique good, to give 3, 4, or 5li. for a copper plate.

        " Thus Poets like to Kings (by trust deceiv’d)
        Give oftner what is heard of than receiv’d.”

        SirWilliam Davenant to the Lady Olivia Porter;
        “A New Yeares Gift.”

(There are noble prospects in Gloucestershire, but that concernes not me.  The city of Gloucester is one of the best views of any city in England; so many stately towers and steeples cutting the horizon.  From Broadway-downe one beholds the vale of Evesham, and so to Malvern hills, to Staffordshire, Monmouthshire, Warwickshire, the cities of Gloucester and Worcester, and also Tukesbury, the city of Coventry, and, I thinke, of Lichfield.  From Kimsbury, a camp, is a very pleasant prospect to Gloucester over the vale.  From Dundery is a noble prospect of the city of Bristow and St. Vincent’s Rocks, &c., quod NB.)

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