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Chinese Dairy and Adjoining Covered Ways

A Grade I Listed Building in Woburn, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9837 / 51°59'1"N

Longitude: -0.5942 / 0°35'39"W

OS Eastings: 496637

OS Northings: 232625

OS Grid: SP966326

Mapcode National: GBR F2F.LKM

Mapcode Global: VHFQY.ND6N

Entry Name: Chinese Dairy and Adjoining Covered Ways

Listing Date: 23 January 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1321667

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38254

Location: Woburn, Central Bedfordshire, MK17

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Woburn

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Woburn

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

SP 9632-9732,

Chinese Dairy and adjoining covered ways




Ornamental dairy in Chinese Chippendale style. Circa 1788 by Henry Holland
for Francis 5th Duke of Bedford. Flanking covered ways are simpler and not
Chinese in style, and may be later additions. Porch added soon after 1804 by
Humphry Repton. Mainly of painted timber, with slate roofs. Dairy: small
square building sited on western edge of ornamental pond. Single-storeyed,
with shallow cross-gabled roof. Flat-roofed verandah around N, E and S
elevations. W elevation built up against coursed ironstone wall. E
elevation has central part-glazed double doors flanked by casement windows of
same proportions. N and S elevations have large central windows. Gable of
each elevation pierced by segmental-arched light. Roof is surmounted by
octagonal lantern with fretwork sides and canopied roof. Verandah has timber
columns with moulded bases and ornamental cut timber brackets to top.
Geometrical trelliswork balustrading between columns and forming verandah
parapet. Paved with hexagonal stones. External paintwork is predominantly
red and white. INTERIOR: ornate painted decoration, probably by John Grace
(Pevsner p.170), mostly mock fretwork and bamboo-work, in blue-grey, orchre,
gold and black. Round-arched alcoves within angles give room octagonal form.
Windows contain painted glass showing figures, birds, insects and foliage. S
window includes "John Theodore Perrache fecit. 1794." Grey marble and ceramic
tiles to lower part of walls. Stone paving (including marble) to floor.
Around walls and to centre of room are bamboo and fretwork tables with marble
tops. Bamboo and painted gauze lantern suspended from centre of ceiling.
An important example of late C18 chinoiserie. Covered ways: adjoin to N and
S, N one linking dairy to game larders (see item 10/150 ), S one running
along rest of W side and part of S side of pond. Hollow-chamfered timber
piers and timber segmental arches surmounted by gabled roof. Similar colour
scheme to dairy exterior.
Bedfordshire Record Office: CRT 130 Woburn 47, Notes on the park and garden
buildings at Woburn Abbey, compiled by C Rhodes.

Listing NGR: SP9663732625

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