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Latitude: 51.9163 / 51°54'58"N
Longitude: -1.3069 / 1°18'24"W
OS Eastings: 447768
OS Northings: 224424
OS Grid: SP477244
Mapcode National: GBR 7VM.SHQ
Mapcode Global: VHCX1.93G9
Entry Name: Praeneste
Listing Date: 27 August 1957
Last Amended: 29 June 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1367983
English Heritage Legacy ID: 252876
Location: Rousham, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX25
District: West Oxfordshire
Civil Parish: Rousham
Traditional County: Oxfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire
Church of England Parish: Rousham
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
ROUSHAM ROUSHAM PARK GARDENS
(Formerly listed as Praeneste,
Garden loggia.1738-40, by William Kent. Rusticated limestone with ashlar
dressings and ironstone to imposts and plinths; flat lead roof. 7-bay arcade of
open-pedimented arches. Balustrade carried across top of rear wall is terminated
by terms of Jason and Hercules. Interior: stone-flagged floor.
Quadripartite-vaulted bays alternate with niches for statues. Each bay has
garden seat by Kent, each with curved backs, turned legs and finely-carved
detail. An important 'hinge' in the layout of the gardens, the visitor conducted
past the balustrade with Dying Gaul (q.v.) and then given a view of the arcade
on the return walk along the river. Design based on the larger terraced
forecourt of the Temple of Fortune at Palestrina near Rome. Forms a part of the
landscape gardens laid out by William Kent, c.1733-40.
(Rousham Park is included in the H.B.M.C. Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade
I; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: p745)
Listing NGR: SP4776824424
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