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The Aviary

A Grade II Listed Building in Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire

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Latitude: 51.8428 / 51°50'33"N

Longitude: -0.9402 / 0°56'24"W

OS Eastings: 473107

OS Northings: 216547

OS Grid: SP731165

Mapcode National: GBR C11.H3J

Mapcode Global: VHDTW.NY97

Entry Name: The Aviary

Listing Date: 29 January 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1159354

English Heritage Legacy ID: 42279

Location: Waddesdon, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, HP18

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Civil Parish: Waddesdon

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Waddesdon with Over Winchendon and Fleet Marston

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text


10/132 The Aviary



Aviary. 1889, for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, restored 1960-66. Cast
iron, metal lattice and wire mesh. Crescent-shaped with central and end
pavilions. Rococo in style with slender cast iron shafts and lattice
work pilasters dividing bays, and upper borders with elaborate scrolls
and shell motifs. Curving ranges of cages, each of 4 bays, have roof in
form of a pointed barrel vault, mesh to front pitch, enclosed to rear.
End pavilions have shallow metal domes, slightly arched over each side.
Central pavilion has glazed dome and rear wall of ashlar in form of
grotto with wide segmental niche for fountain, piers with shaggy
rustication, and tall flanking shell niches. Fountain has carved marble
figure of Minerva, early C18 of Italian origin, reclining on rocks of tufa,
with flanking marble tritons. Shell niches contain C17 Italian carved
marble figures of a triton and a nereid sitting on twisted conch shells.
Aviary has attached flanking walls of ashlar, the end piers with
moulded capitals and bases.
(T. Hodgkinson, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon
Manor: Sculpture, 1970, Catalogue Nos. 65, 77 and 78).

Listing NGR: SP7310716547

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