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
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ROUSHAM ROUSHAM PARK GARDENS
(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
Source: English Heritage
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