Mansfield Park

Category: Places | Type: Historical | Title: Mansfield Park (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter I

A "park" indicates a large estate of at least several hundred and possibly thousands of acres.

The park portion is a generous, large area that has been cultivated and manicured. It extends from the gates to the property and surrounds the house; the park is fenced or hedged, though copses and rises will obscure the park's borders.

Mansfield itself would be an imposing and grand house. Cottesbrooke Hall, which Austen's brother Henry may have been familiar with, has been proposed as a model. Chapman's edition has an illustration of Harleston Park. Just the central part of one face of that manor has 33 large windows, an indication of affluence, since the tax on windows was high. 


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