19 May 2010

What, When & Ware IV

On the north side of the River Lea are a number of eighteenth century gazebos, unique as a group. These stand at the end of what were formerly the gardens of Ware's numerous high street coaching inns. Strictly speaking they are summerhouses, as gazebos are roofed but open on all sides. "Gazebo" is one of those words for which there is no known etymology, despite the false claims for a derivation from the French Que c'est beau.

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