SP6736 : Stowe Park, Octagon Lake

taken 7 years ago, near to Chackmore, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

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Stowe Park, Octagon Lake
Stowe Park, Octagon Lake
Originally this was a much smaller octagonal lake, but was enlarged during the 1730s. The view is towards the south side of Stowe House, which is in SP6737
Stowe house and grounds :: SP6737
Stowe house and gardens were all about prestige and making a statement. As the Stowe guide book describes it, ‘power gardening’. They were enlarged and developed in three phases by Richard, Viscount Cobham and his nephew Richard, Earl Temple from about 1700 to 1760.

Significant practitioners in the development included the architects Sir John Vanbrugh and James Gibbs, and the gardeners Charles Bridgeman and William Kent. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was head gardener here from 1741 to 1751, which made his reputation. In the 18th and 19th centuries the house and gardens were internationally known and renowned and were some of the first gardens that people visited as tourists for their own pleasure.

By the 20th century the family had become bankrupt and in 1921 sold the estate to become Stowe School, England’s newest public school. Today the gardens are maintained by the National Trust and are open to the public. The house is owned by a Preservation Trust, under the auspices of the English Historic Houses Association, used by Stowe School and open to the public at restricted times throughout the year.

Written by Graham Horn
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Date Taken
Sunday, 28 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 6 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Country estates 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6769 3696 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:1.6160N 1:0.8897W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6771 3689
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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