Excerpt from Sharpe's London Magazine: A Journal of Entertainment and Instruction for General Reading; With Elegant Wood Engravings; May, 1846, to October, 1846
A non intricate lane is Bower Lane, branching out into a multitude of bridleways, and (so to speak) lane lets, leading to isolated farms, cavernous gravel pits, and reedy pools, - a rugged tortuous lane winding through orchard grounds, and hop gardens, and slopes of pasture land, - now dipping into sombre hollows roofed by the meeting boughs Of overhanging trees, now climbing to the top of pleasant knolls, from which you catch a glimpse of glistening waters creeping through the valley at your feet, and then piercing the very centre of the Farleigh woods, and leading you among the richest sylvan scenes, so wild, so seemingly remote from every sound of human life, that one almost looks to meet within its leafy precincts the fauna and nymphs and hamadryads Of antique song.
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