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Latitude: 51.0935 / 51°5'36"N
Longitude: -2.0953 / 2°5'43"W
OS Eastings: 393420
OS Northings: 132686
OS Grid: ST934326
Mapcode National: GBR 2XZ.C37
Mapcode Global: FRA 66H7.9JC
Entry Name: The Georgian Boathouse
Listing Date: 6 January 1966
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1146058
English Heritage Legacy ID: 320894
Location: Fonthill Bishop, Wiltshire, SP3
Civil Parish: Fonthill Bishop
Traditional County: Wiltshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire
Church of England Parish: Fonthill Gifford Holy Trinity
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
FONTHILL GIFFORD FONTHILL PARK
ST 93 SW (north side)
1/105 The Georgian Boathouse
Boathouse or water temple. Mid C18. Limestone ashlar, vaulted
roof covered in earth. Plan represents an aisled 'basilica' with
transepts and apsidal west end, the wet dock being the 'nave' of 3
bays and 'crossing' and the walkways being the 'aisles', although
the latter are now under water. Only entrance is from the lake,
partly collapsed, with three semi-circular arches on square piers
with foliage-carved capitals. Interior has barrel-vaulted 'nave'
and 'aisles' on square piers with vermiculated capitals and
pilasters, semi-circular niche in wall to each bay, 'crossing' is
oval wet dock with domed ceiling and aisles carried round the
curved walls, apsed west end with partly collapsed west wall with
some rustic stonework. Probably part of Alderman William
Beckford's building and landscape work in Fonthill Park between
1740 and 1755, associated with Fonthill Splendens.
(J. Harris, Fonthill, Wiltshire in Country Life, 24th November
1966; engraving in John Rutter, Delineations of Fonthill, 1823)
Listing NGR: ST9342032686
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