SP9310 : Summer House portico, Tring Park Wood

taken 7 years ago, near to Wigginton, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Summer House portico, Tring Park Wood
Summer House portico, Tring Park Wood
This little ionic columned portico is all that remains of a larger Summer House designed by the architect, James Gibbs for William Gore, one time owner of Tring Park and the Mansion. It is at one end of a straight ride that passes the other monument in the woods here SP9310 : The Obelisk known as "Nell Gwyn's Monument".
Both of these structures date from the early C18th; unfortunately, according to a sign board near here, much of the Summer House was demolished comparatively recently when the new road up to Wigginton, which runs immediately behind it, was constructed. This replaced the old route, Oddy Hill, which had been rendered unusable by the construction of the A41 Tring bypass.
Tring Park :: SP9210
Tring Park is the former grounds of The Mansion in Tring, which has had several owners including Sir William Gore, Lord Mayor of London; Sir Drummond Smith, a London banker and from 1823 William Kay, a Manchester textile magnate. In 1872 Lionel de Rothschild, who had been leasing it since 1838, bought it as a wedding present for his son, Nathaniel who later founded the famous Zoological Museum that still survives next door to the mansion and is now part of the Natural History Museum.
The park was laid out in the style of Capability Brown during Drummond Smith's tenancy. The park is now owned by Dacorum Borough Council and has been maintained by the Woodland Trust since 1993 LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 21 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 24 July, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9340 1077 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.2681N 0:38.8376W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9336 1075
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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