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New Inn Farmhouse with Outbuildings Behind

A Grade II* Listed Building in Stowe, Buckinghamshire

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Latitude: 52.0222 / 52°1'19"N

Longitude: -1.0078 / 1°0'28"W

OS Eastings: 468176

OS Northings: 236435

OS Grid: SP681364

Mapcode National: GBR 9XH.411

Mapcode Global: VHDT2.HF1N

Entry Name: New Inn Farmhouse with Outbuildings Behind

Listing Date: 21 April 1983

Last Amended: 15 April 2003

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1211787

English Heritage Legacy ID: 396303

Location: Stowe, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, MK18

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Civil Parish: Stowe

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Stowe

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text


(Formerly listed as:


Former coaching inn, now farmhouse. 1717-19, with early-C19 alterations. Attributed to Thomas Harris of Cublington, foreman for Sir John Vanbrugh who co-ordinated the early building work at Stowe, and built for Lord Cobham. Front of chequered brick with moulded brick cornice and stringcourse. Hipped tiled roof with ridge chimneystacks to each end. 2 storeys and attic range with single storey range of outbuildings behind.
EXTERIOR: FRONT elevation of 5 bays with early-C19 sash windows, tripartite to central bays, ground floor and upper centre openings have brick cambered arches. 2 hipped dormers with 3-light leaded casements. Central carriage opening. REAR elevation to courtyard is much as it appears in an 1809 drawing, with advanced bays to each end with hipped roofs, to left a canted bay window with sashes. OUTBUILDINGS to left, the brewhouse with ridge stack and end stack, timberframing to gable end, and dairy to outside. To right, stable with outer wall of coursed ironstone. Outbuildings continue to rear with coach house, timber-framed with brick infill and brick, but dilapidated with roof collapse at time of re-inspection (November 2003).
INTERIOR: FARMHOUSE has entrance to each wing under carriage entrance through 6-panel door with overlight to a corridor. To left wing, stick baluster staircase. To right wing, rear room with bay window to courtyard has arched recess, ogee gothic arched cupboard, reeded chair rails and chimneypieces from early-C19 re-fitting. Service bell system in corridor. To right end, boxed-in stair. 4-panel and 6-panel doors with architeraves throughout. Heavy oak roof structure. OUTBUILDINGS include heavy open fireplace to stable range, fireplace to brewhouse, and low brick arches to dairy.
HISTORY: New Inn was built in 1717-19 for Viscount Cobham as part of his campaign to enlarge the mansion at Stowe and to create the extensive landscape, laid out by Charles Bridgeman with garden buildings by Sir John Vanbrugh. It is probably the first inn built for visitors to a house and garden, and is described repeatedly throughout the C18 and C19, not always favourably, in the visitors' letters and journals. In the 1860s when the garden closed to the public, New Inn became a farmhouse.
SOURCES: Bevington, Michael. Templa Quam Dilecta Number 1 The Grand Avenue, the Corinthian Arch and the Entrance Drives.
Bevington, Michael. Stowe House (2002).
Bevington, Michael. Stowe the Garden and Park (1994).
G.B. Clarke, Ed. Description of Lord Cobham's Gardens at Stowe (1700-1750). Buckingham Record Society No.26, 1990.
N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire (1994) p. 674.
B. Seeley. A Dialogue: containing a description of the garden of the rt. Hon. The Lord Viscount Cobham at Stow in Buckinghamshire. London, 1751.
c.1809 drawing by J.C. Nattes.

Group Value with the Grade I Registered Stowe Park, and the numerous listed buildings on the grounds, many of which are Grade I.

Listing NGR: SP6817636435

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