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Latitude: 52.821 / 52°49'15"N
Longitude: -1.4194 / 1°25'10"W
OS Eastings: 439219
OS Northings: 324985
OS Grid: SK392249
Mapcode National: GBR 6G9.1ZC
Mapcode Global: WHDHF.5CB6
Entry Name: The Birdcage Arbour in Melbourne Hall Gardens
Listing Date: 10 November 1967
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1096375
English Heritage Legacy ID: 83064
Location: Melbourne, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire, DE73
District: South Derbyshire
Civil Parish: Melbourne
Traditional County: Derbyshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire
Church of England Parish: Melbourne St Michael
Church of England Diocese: Derby
SK 38/3925 PARISH OF MELBOURNE CHURCH CLOSE
6/79 (East Side)
10.11.67 The Birdcage Arbour in
Garden pavilion. c1705-10 by Robert Bakewell. Erected as the
centre piece of a French style garden designed by Royal
Gardeners to Queen Anne, London and Wise, for Thomas Coke of
Melbourne Hall, with work carried out by William Cooke of
Walcot. Stuccoed brick and wrought iron. Unique cage-like
structure of elaborate workmanship with open domed roof and open
cupola over, also with small room behind with leaded roof.
Flight of five stone steps lead up to the arbour which has an
advanced doorcase flanked by elaborate panels of decorative
ironwork with scrolls and foliage. Similar panels to sides of
the Birdcage and above is the domed roof with iron oak leaves
intertwining with scrolled panels. Similar treatment to cupola
which is surmounted by a tall finial. Small room behind has a
large segmental arch, into the Birdcage, with moulded keystone.
Inside it has a fitted bench with turned legs. Included in the
Derbyshire Historic Gardens Register at Grade I. See item 6/63
for sources. Also Country Life Jan 23, 1975, Pg 228.
Listing NGR: SK3921924985
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