This one is probably the Marlboro hedge maze at Blenheim. The gardens are from Calability brown and the architecture is very Roman. The maze is shown in the image Itself. The maze also qualifies as a riddle that doesn’t ryhme. There are two bridges in the maze that are reflections of each other. If you look down from those bridges you can see the path of the maze, so they “offer a clue”. I’d go with the maze bridges for this one.
Hi, just stumbled upon this hunt. So high quality! I was looking into this poem / image and was thinking it could refer to Farnborough Hall. "The walls are adorned with busts of Roman emperors". The pyramid in the image could refer to on-site obelisk. It has parklands and pools. Unfortunately not landscaped by Capability Brown, but by his mentor. Just something to think about.
Post by handigeharry on Jul 5, 2020 5:55:21 GMT -5
I think Stowe and Blenheim both have some points speaking for and against them; Stowe mainly based on the illustrations, Blenheim based on the poem.
Stowe Pro's: - Lies near old Roman road ("By way of the Romans"); - Parklands, lakes (=pools?) and no lack of (Greek) statues, designed by Brown; - The octagon (and swan) in the illustration might point to Octagon lake; - The insect looks like a scarab beetle, possibly indicating a link to ancient Egypt. Stowe house has an Egyptian hall; - Not sure if the pyramid symbolizes anything, but there are multiple pyramids to be found on the grounds of Stowe house.
Con's: - Just outside the area indicated by the map in the booklet; - "A riddle to ponder but not one that rhymes"?
Blenheim Pro's: - The maze seems to fit nicely with "A riddle to ponder but not one that rhymes"; - Definitely in Banburyshire; - Brown design, with actual pools;
Con's: - I have difficulty placing the pyramid, swan, octagon and insect; - (perhaps the pyramid points towards the world heritage status, just like the Egyptian pyramids?) - As far as I could find, Blenheim is not close to any known Roman road?
In any case, I'm still thinking about the meaning of the last couple of lines of the poem. The last one might simply point to "I" or "Eye"? (I is alone, but II is the roman version of 2.)
Post by treasuretrekker on Jul 16, 2020 22:58:23 GMT -5
I thought I solved this one, but it appears to be too far from Banbury. Does anybody know if West Yorkshire is out of play? This location isn't anywhere close to be on the provided map in the book. I guess I will keep working on it.