SP4724 : Rousham Gardens: the Bowling Green

taken 11 years ago, near to Rousham, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

Rousham Gardens: the Bowling Green
Rousham Gardens: the Bowling Green
The landscaped gardens at Rousham House were laid out by William Kent from 1738. They are the most complete surviving example of his landscape work. Although not the earliest ‘picturesque’ English landscape garden, Rousham was much visited and very influential. In contrast to the enclosed formal gardens of the 17th century it is an informal arrangement of winding paths on a north-facing slope down to the strangely angular course of the River Cherwell, the ‘genius of the place’: a difficult site which Kent turned to advantage. Statues and buildings of a classical flavour are revealed as events and focal points in an all-green setting of trees and shrubs. Kent made this compact garden seem larger than it is by creating views to features beyond it: the church, the mediaeval Heyford Bridge, the corn mill and the meadow across the river and, up on the hill, a bogus ruin, an example of an ‘eyecatcher’. See LinkExternal link in SP4826 for an excellent rear view by Jon S.
Kent retained the bowling green from an earlier semi-formal garden laid out by Charles Bridgman around 1721. Beyond the statue is a steep concave slope down to the river.
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SP4724, 81 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 11 June, 2006   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 26 February, 2009
Category
Gardens > Lawn   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 478 242 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:54.9054N 1:18.3264W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 478 242
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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