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Record details

BCC record ID:0420802027
Type of record:Building
Summary:Palladian garden temple built in 1732 to design by William Kent
Grid Reference:SP 67407 36660
Parish:

STOWE, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Monument type(s)

  • GARDEN TEMPLE (18th Century - 1700 AD to 1799 AD)

Associated finds: none recorded

Protected status

  • Listed Building
  • SHINE

Public access information

Is the site accessible to the public?Yes
Is the site visible from a public viewpoint?Yes

Full description

Grade I. Palladian building. Circa 1732 by Kent. Central pedimented block has arched central apsidal recess with coffered ceiling and Ionic collonade. Quadrant wings of three arches with ball finials to cornice, linking to rusticated stone pavilions with open arches and broken pediments (B14).
During 1995, excavations took place to locate the original line of the Ha Ha behind the temple. During these works, plasterwork was recovered from the ditch and is thought to be part of the missing ceiling of the interior of the central pavillion (B18).

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: 04/09/76. BCM A2/11/20-22. SP\674376. Yes.
---Aerial Photograph: Northamptonshire County Council. 1990. The Lake, Temple of Venus and Sewage Works, Stowe Landscape Gardens. SP673366. Y.
---Unpublished document: Angus Wainwright. 1989. The National Trust Archaeological Survey: Stowe. pp23
---Article in serial: CBA South Midlands Group. 1996. South Midlands Archaeology 26, 1996. pp16-18
---Unpublished document: Hazel Riley. 2001. Stowe Park, Stowe, Buckinghamshire: An Archaeological Survey by English Heritage (Survey Report). A1/21/2001.
<13>Bibliographic reference: WAINWRIGHT A 1989 NATIONAL TRUST ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY: STOWE (COPY, FILED).
<14>Bibliographic reference: DoE. 1983. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. p32
<18>Unpublished document: Gary Marshall, National Trust. 1995. Observations of the ha ha wall behind the Temple of Venus - Stowe/4. STOWE/4.

Associated excavations and fieldwork

  • EBC13583: Site visit

Related monuments

Reports

No image caption available  © Buckinghamshire County Council

No image caption available © Buckinghamshire County Council