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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1052955
English Heritage Legacy ID: 252886
Location: Rousham, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX25
District: West Oxfordshire
Civil Parish: Rousham
Traditional County: Oxfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire
Church of England Parish: Rousham
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
ROUSHAM ROUSHAM PARK GARDENS
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: SP4775524500
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