SP6737 : Stowe Park, Gothic Temple

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

Stowe Park, Gothic Temple
Stowe Park, Gothic Temple
Designed by Gibbs in 1741 but not completed until 1748. It has three unusual properties. Firstly that it is triangular and also that it is built from Northamptonshire ironstone instead of the limestone of many of the other buildings at Stowe. It is now owned by the Landmark Trust and is available to rent as a holiday cottage, the third unusual thing about the building.
Stowe house and grounds
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
Historic sites and artefacts  Country estates 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6791 3743 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:1.8679N 1:0.6918W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6794 3737
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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