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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.