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The house as you enter the gardens

Palladian Bridge

Temple of Friendship

Walking to the bridge

Looking from the bridge

Gothic Temple

Across the park

Lord Cobhams Pillar

One of the Saxon Deities

Another of the Saxon Deities

Fane of Pastoral Poetry

Temple of Concord and Victory

Looking down the Grecian Valley

Looking out from the Grotto

The Grotto from outside

Stowe House

Looking down from the house

Another view of the house


Cascade and artificial ruines

Across the lake

The ruins

Another view of the lake.

The weather was a bit mixed but we decided to head out to Stowe Gardens near Buckingham. We had for years on our way to Oxford passed Stowe House and Gardens but had never stopped to visit.

We entered the park via the Grand Avenue a spectacular entrance to the park. The Grand Avenue was created in the 1770s, and is one and half miles in length. It was originally lined with elm trees. Unfortunately the elms succumbed in the 1970s to Dutch elm disease and was replanted with alternate beech & chestnut trees. At the end of the avenue there was the spectacular Corinthian Arch. The Corinthian Arch was designed in 1765. It was built from stone and is 60 feet in height and 60 feet wide and was modelled on ancient Roman Triumphal arches.

The Stowe Gardens are owned and run by the National Trust. The house is now a well known English public school. We started our exploration of the gardens by visiting a small exhibit on the gardens.

In the 1690s, Stowe had a modest early-baroque parterre garden but by the mid 1800’s Stowe had become known for its magnificent gardens mainly created by Lord Cobham. The key designers of the gardens over time were Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and Capability Brown. As Stowe evolved from an English baroque garden into a pioneering landscape park, the gardens became an attraction for the nobility and political leaders. Stowe is said to be the first English garden for which a guide book was produced.

As we explored the gardens we discovered a range of temples, grottos, statues, bridges around the gardens, some had practical uses others were just follies. We really enjoyed the walk around the gardens but had only seen part of them so we may be back. After our walk we enjoyed a great lunch in the cafe.

After leaving Stowe we went and visited our friends Mike and Ellen in Northampton and had an enjoyable afternoon catching up.

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