Saturday, September 3, 2011
A pro-building voice in the Torygraph?
People often speak of landscape as â€œnaturalâ€, but it very rarely is. Its appearance is the result of human engagement with the land â€“ mainly agricultural, but also, for many centuries now, industrial. Shops, churches, bridges, roads, mills and potteries, forges and barns. In 1733, someone built Flatford Mill in Suffolk. The artist John Constable used it as the inspiration for the great paintings which, more than any other, encapsulate our view of rural England. I bet the mill would not have got past the planners if such things had existed in 1733. I bet the National Trust would have accused this â€œindustrial unitâ€ of being â€œout of keepingâ€ with the rural scene. Someone would have slapped a noise abatement order on the hay wain as it creaked and splashed through the ford.