SP6736 : Stowe Park, Copper Bottom Lake

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

Stowe Park, Copper Bottom Lake
Stowe Park, Copper Bottom Lake
Beyond Queen's Drive is a less formal part of the park. Here there is a lake that follows a natural valley and is a dammed river. It used to be lined in copper to waterproof the chalk bed, but this was replaced by butyl sheeting in the 1990s. The lake stocks many types of fish, originally all to aid the self-sufficiency of the estate.
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.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 28 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 6 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Country estates 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6731 3669 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:1.4731N 1:1.2251W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6733 3675
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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