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Praeneste, Rousham

Description: Praeneste

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 August 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 252876

OS Grid Reference: SP4776924425
OS Grid Coordinates: 447769, 224425
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9163, -1.3069

Location: Rousham, Oxfordshire OX25 4QT

Locality: Rousham
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX25 4QT

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Listing Text

(Formerly listed as Praeneste,

Garden loggia.1738-40, by William Kent. Rusticated limestone with ashlar
dressings and ironstone to imposts and plinths; flat lead roof. 7-bay arcade of
open-pedimented arches. Balustrade carried across top of rear wall is terminated
by terms of Jason and Hercules. Interior: stone-flagged floor.
Quadripartite-vaulted bays alternate with niches for statues. Each bay has
garden seat by Kent, each with curved backs, turned legs and finely-carved
detail. An important 'hinge' in the layout of the gardens, the visitor conducted
past the balustrade with Dying Gaul (q.v.) and then given a view of the arcade
on the return walk along the river. Design based on the larger terraced
forecourt of the Temple of Fortune at Palestrina near Rome. Forms a part of the
landscape gardens laid out by William Kent, c.1733-40.
(Rousham Park is included in the H.B.M.C. Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade
I; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: p745)

Listing NGR: SP4776924425

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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