Gilpin

The Reverend William Gilpin, Vicar of Boldre in the New Forest, was a well-known antiquarian in the late eighteenth century, who promoted the idea of the 'picturesque' in art and landscaping. Based upon what is known of his character and life, he becomes a supporting character in the 'Alice' chapter of THE FOREST.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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