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Description: Boat House at East End of Lake Approximately 300 Metres South of Sarsden House
Date Listed: 15 May 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 254086
OS Grid Reference: SP2918722705
OS Grid Coordinates: 429187, 222705
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9021, -1.5772
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7/191 Boat house at E end of lake
approx. 300m S of Sarsden
Boat house. Circa 1796 by Humphry Repton for John Langston. Boulder-faced
sub-structure with wood superstructure and rubble projection to rear; stone
slate roofs. Built in the form of a classical temple. Sub-structure has
round-headed arch with voussoirs. 'Temple' above in the style of a distyle in
antis portico of the Doric order with applied bark decoration to columns and
antae; the columns wrapped round with diagonally placed iron bands. Round-headed
arches to left and right with wood imposts and 'keystones'. Wooden bench to back
with applied bark decoration above. Humphry Repton, who created the lake by
which the boat house stands, presented a Red Book for improvements to Sarsden
(including the lake) to John Langston in March 1796. From drawings in the RIBA
drawings collection it appears that he originally intended the boat house to be
of stone with Ionic columns but presumably this design was quickly substituted
as there is no evidence to suggest that a stone boat house was ever built.
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp752-3; Nigel Temple: 'Sarsden
Oxfordshire'; Journal of Garden History: Vol.6, No.2 (1986), pp89-111
(esp.pp99-101); RIBA drawings collection: Cat., p.116 (31))
Listing NGR: SP2918722705
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Source: English Heritage
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