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the history of Leyton and Leytonstone
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landscaped grounds and gardens
We do not know when the grounds of Knotts Green House were given their fundamental design. Late 19th century plans show trees closely planted around the edges of fields, but many of these field edges containing paths, perhaps avenues but looking more like half-hidden walks drifting left and right, with an occasional summerhouse. Some at least could date back to the fashion for curves in garden design from about the 1730s. (Leytonstone House in 1875 had paths curving gently left and right, in this case definitely within a narrow belt of woodland. On such a path on the edge of a field at the back of Down House in Kent did Charles Darwin think about natural selection - see the photo below.)