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Temple of Flora Approximately 160 Metres North East of Nuneham House, Nuneham Courtenay

Description: Temple of Flora Approximately 160 Metres North East of Nuneham House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 August 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 248324

OS Grid Reference: SU5421398221
OS Grid Coordinates: 454213, 198221
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6801, -1.2173

Locality: Nuneham Courtenay
Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX44 9PD

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Listing Text

12/87 Temple of Flora approx. 160m.
NE of Nuneham House


Garden temple. c.1771. Rendered brick with wooden columns and pediment.
Rectangular plan. Greek-Doric style. Open front forms a portico with 2 fluted
columns in antis supporting a triglyph frieze and a triangular pediment with
mutules. Sides and rear are plain. Interior: rear wall has an oval relief of
Flora above a moulded panel containing lines from Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso".
The temple formed the architectural focus of the innovatory flower garden
designed in 1771 by the Reverend William Masons author of "The English Flower
Garden", for Lord Nuneham, afterwards the 2nd Earl Harcourt. The building
resembles illustrations in James Stuart's "The Antiqities of Athens" and may
have been designed by Stuart who was consulted over Nuneham House (q.v.) and All
Saints' Church (q.v.).
Nunaham Park is included in the HBMC County Register of Gardens at Grade I;
V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V, p.234; W. Batey: "Nuneham Courtenay", 1970, p.25; G.
Worsley: "Nuneham Park Revisited II", Country Life, Vol.177, p,66).

Listing NGR: SU5421398221

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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