Stowe house and grounds :: Shared Description

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
by Graham Horn

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SP6736 : Stowe Park, Temple of Venus by Graham Horn
SP6736 : The Lake at Stowe, reflecting the house (Stowe School) by David Smith
SP6736 : Stowe Park, Octagon Lake by Graham Horn
SP6736 : Stowe Park, Eastern Lake Pavilion by Graham Horn
SP6737 : Stowe House, garter room by Graham Horn
SP6934 : Lodge on Stowe Avenue, Buckingham by David Smith
SP6837 : Stowe Park, Palladian Bridge by Graham Horn
SP6737 : Stowe Park, grounds by Graham Horn
SP6737 : Stowe House, south facade by Graham Horn
SP6737 : Stowe Park, athletics track by Graham Horn
SP6736 : Stowe Park, Queen's Avenue by Graham Horn
SP6737 : Stowe Park, golf course by Graham Horn
SP6737 : Stowe Park, Gothic Temple by Graham Horn
SP6737 : Stowe Park, Temple of Concord and Victory by Graham Horn
SP6736 : Octagon Lake, Stowe Park by Philip Halling
SP6737 : Stowe House, south terrace by Graham Horn
SP6837 : Stowe Park, Chinese House by Graham Horn
SP6736 : Stowe Park, Copper Bottom Lake by Graham Horn
SP6736 : Stowe Park, the Queen Caroline monument by Graham Horn
SP6737 : Stowe Park, view from the rotondo by Graham Horn
SP6737 : Stowe House, the south vista by Graham Horn
SP6736 : Stowe Park, lake and rotunda by Graham Horn
SP6737 : Stowe House, south terrace by Graham Horn
SP6736 : Stowe Park, Octagon Lake by Graham Horn
SP6737 : Stowe Park, athletics track by Graham Horn

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Created: Mon, 5 Sep 2011, Updated: Mon, 5 Sep 2011

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