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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
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
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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