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The Georgian Boathouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Fonthill Bishop, Wiltshire

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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

Plus Code: 9C3V3WV3+9V

Entry Name: The Georgian Boathouse

Listing Date: 6 January 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1146058

English Heritage Legacy ID: 320894

Location: Fonthill Bishop, Wiltshire, SP3

County: Wiltshire

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

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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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