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- an artificial hill or mound. In Tudor times these were designed to act in lieu of a watch tower. It was found that they also afforded picturesque views across the garden, particularly the intricate elements such as the knot gardens, and also over the parkland as a whole. Banqueting houses and arbours were often built at the summit. They became an essential element in garden design until the development of the ha-ha completely opened up the view from the house thereby making them obsolete.