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Retaining Walls to the Cold Bath, Octagon Pool and Watery Walk

A Grade II* Listed Building in Rousham, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.917 / 51°55'1"N

Longitude: -1.3069 / 1°18'24"W

OS Eastings: 447764

OS Northings: 224500

OS Grid: SP477245

Mapcode National: GBR 7VM.SG6

Mapcode Global: VHCX1.92FR

Entry Name: Retaining Walls to the Cold Bath, Octagon Pool and Watery Walk

Listing Date: 27 August 1957

Last Amended: 29 June 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1052955

English Heritage Legacy ID: 252886

Location: Rousham, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX25

County: Oxfordshire

District: West Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Rousham

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Rousham

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

14/230 Retaining walls to The Cold
27/08/57 Bath, Octagon Pool and Watery
(Formerly listed under The
Cold Bath and small adjoining
Retaining walls. c.1738-40, by William Kent. Squared and coursed limestone.
Surround octagonal Cold Bath with ashlar rim and larger Octagon Pond in Venus'
Vale. Serpentine stream of channelled limestone runs from spring near Temple of
Echo (q.v.) through Cold Bath to Octagon Pond. The serpentine stream is of great
importance as the earliest example of the Rococo "line of beauty" applied to
garden design and is the embodiment of Kent's dictum that "Nature abhors a
straight line": it is known as both the Watery Walk and The Rill. Part of the
landscape gardens laid out by William Kent between 1733-40.
(Rousham Park is included in the H.B.M.C. Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade
I; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: pp745-6; M.I. Wilson, William Kent
1685-1748, 1984, p214)

Listing NGR: SP4776424500

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