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Gothic Temple Approximately 600 Metres to East of Shotover Park

A Grade II* Listed Building in Forest Hill with Shotover, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7561 / 51°45'22"N

Longitude: -1.1467 / 1°8'48"W

OS Eastings: 458994

OS Northings: 206726

OS Grid: SP589067

Mapcode National: GBR 8Z2.YQC

Mapcode Global: VHCXX.24M2

Entry Name: Gothic Temple Approximately 600 Metres to East of Shotover Park

Listing Date: 18 July 1963

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1047629

English Heritage Legacy ID: 246602

Location: Forest Hill with Shotover, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX33

County: Oxfordshire

District: South Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Forest Hill with Shotover

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

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Listing Text

5/82 Gothic Temple approx. 600m. to
18/07/63 E of Shotover Park


Garden temple or boathouse. c.1740. Possibly by William Townsend of Oxford for
General James Tyrrell. Limestone ashlar and rubble; old plain-tile roof. Gothick
style. Gabled front, with crenellated parapet bearing an apex finial, has 3
pointed arches and a blind traceried wheel between triangular panels. Flanking
octagonal turrets have 2-tiers of cusped ogee panels and niches, steep
triangular gablets on attached angle shafts, and recessed upper stages which
terminate in a tier of openings. Sides and rear are in plain rubble with a
hipped roof. Interior: Open loggia has a ribbed and panelled plaster vault with
Gothick cusping and decorative bosses. The temple lies at the eastern end of the
main axis of the important early C18 layout of the formal garden. James Gibbs
and William Kent have also been suggested as its designer.
(C. Hussey, Country Life, Vol.LIX, pp.240-6; V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V. p.276;
Buildings of England; Oxfordshire, p.765).

Listing NGR: SP5899406726

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