Sunday, 3 July 2011

Stowe Landscape Gardens

Temple of Venus.

The Temple of Ancient Virtue built in 1737.

One of my favourites - The Temple of British Worthies. A who's who of British noblety and genius.The chosen individuals falling into two groups, eight known for their actions and eight known for their thoughts and ideas.

Captain Cooks monument - (built in 1778 as a monument to Captain James Cook) in the Elysian Fields

Exploring the 'Grotto'

Captain Grenvilles Column - one of Lord Cobham's nephews. In 1747 he was fatally wounded whilst commanding the ship 'Defiance' in the battle against the French off Finisterre.

Stunning setting for a cricket pitch. South front of Stowe House.

Looking back towards the Gothic Temple from beyond Palladian Bridge.

'Rotunda' enclosed in a ring of slender columns, stands this gilded statue of Venus . When the sun shines through to light the statue, the effect is stunning; it seems to glow with life.

Hidden away is a secluded Chinese House in its own garden.

Wherever you look there are stunning views, this one looking towards one of the Lake Pavillions.

The Pebble Alcove

The Palladian Bridge crosses Octagon Lake and is stunning !

Approaching from the Grecian Valley (Cobhams Walk) the first monument is Lord Cobhams Pillar. Built in 1747 by Capability Brown designed not only as a memorial to Lord Cobham, commissioned by his wife, but as a viewing tower see the entire garden.

Great to finish off the weeks holiday with a visit to one of my favourite places.
Stowe Gardens is set in 250 acres and started in the 1730's by the Temple family. It is a pure celebration of a love of art, music, and literature expressed in a classical romantic landscape.
For me it is pure escapism amongst tranquil waters and stunning monuments of all shapes and sizes.

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