SK4924 : Chinese Garden, Whatton House, stone bases

taken 3 years ago, near to Long Whatton, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Chinese Garden, Whatton House, stone bases
Chinese Garden, Whatton House, stone bases
These appear to be the original bases for the 'Butterfly Vase' LinkExternal link and the 'Fish Cauldron' LinkExternal link .
The Chinese Garden, Whatton House

The Chinese Garden was laid out around 1890-1900, apparently by the first Baron Crawshaw as a means of displaying a collection of oriental bronze sculptures.

These were placed on a series of differently shaped stone plinths, some being sheltered by parasols or so-called pagodas small timber and tile shelters. All of these appear as individual List Entries in the Historic England Listings.

As of 2018, all bar one of the bronzes have been removed (hopefully for safe keeping!), about half of them being replaced with full size replicas of the famous terracotta warriors, maintaining the Chinese theme of the garden.

The Chinese Garden forms part of the Grade II Listed park and Garden attached to Whatton House.

Listed Buildings and Structures

Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 July, 2018   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 18 July, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Country estates 
Building Material (from Tags)
Period (from Tags)
Late 19th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4916 2420 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.7866N 1:16.3247W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4916 2420
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Grade II Listed  Grade II Listed Park 

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