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The Georgian Boathouse, Fonthill Bishop

Description: The Georgian Boathouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 6 January 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 320894

OS Grid Reference: ST9342032686
OS Grid Coordinates: 393420, 132686
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0934, -2.0953

Location: B3089, Fonthill Bishop, Wiltshire SP3 5SE

Locality: Fonthill Bishop
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SP3 5SE

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Listing Text

ST 93 SW (north side)

1/105 The Georgian Boathouse


Boathouse or water temple. Mid C18. Limestone ashlar, vaulted
roof covered in earth. Plan represents an aisled 'basilica' with
transepts and apsidal west end, the wet dock being the 'nave' of 3
bays and 'crossing' and the walkways being the 'aisles', although
the latter are now under water. Only entrance is from the lake,
partly collapsed, with three semi-circular arches on square piers
with foliage-carved capitals. Interior has barrel-vaulted 'nave'
and 'aisles' on square piers with vermiculated capitals and
pilasters, semi-circular niche in wall to each bay, 'crossing' is
oval wet dock with domed ceiling and aisles carried round the
curved walls, apsed west end with partly collapsed west wall with
some rustic stonework. Probably part of Alderman William
Beckford's building and landscape work in Fonthill Park between
1740 and 1755, associated with Fonthill Splendens.
(J. Harris, Fonthill, Wiltshire in Country Life, 24th November
1966; engraving in John Rutter, Delineations of Fonthill, 1823)

Listing NGR: ST9342032686

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Source: English Heritage

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