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Latitude: 51.6802 / 51°40'48"N
Longitude: -1.2173 / 1°13'2"W
OS Eastings: 454213
OS Northings: 198221
OS Grid: SU542982
Mapcode National: GBR 8ZY.R19
Mapcode Global: VHCY7.V1BB
Entry Name: Temple of Flora Approximately 160 Metres North East of Nuneham House
Listing Date: 19 August 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1368716
English Heritage Legacy ID: 248324
Location: Nuneham Courtenay, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX44
District: South Oxfordshire
Civil Parish: Nuneham Courtenay
Traditional County: Oxfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire
Church of England Parish: Marsh Baldon with Toot Baldon and Nuneham Courtenay
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
NUNEHAM COURTENAY NUNEHAM PARK
12/87 Temple of Flora approx. 160m.
NE of Nuneham House
Garden temple. c.1771. Rendered brick with wooden columns and pediment.
Rectangular plan. Greek-Doric style. Open front forms a portico with 2 fluted
columns in antis supporting a triglyph frieze and a triangular pediment with
mutules. Sides and rear are plain. Interior: rear wall has an oval relief of
Flora above a moulded panel containing lines from Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso".
The temple formed the architectural focus of the innovatory flower garden
designed in 1771 by the Reverend William Masons author of "The English Flower
Garden", for Lord Nuneham, afterwards the 2nd Earl Harcourt. The building
resembles illustrations in James Stuart's "The Antiqities of Athens" and may
have been designed by Stuart who was consulted over Nuneham House (q.v.) and All
Saints' Church (q.v.).
Nunaham Park is included in the HBMC County Register of Gardens at Grade I;
V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V, p.234; W. Batey: "Nuneham Courtenay", 1970, p.25; G.
Worsley: "Nuneham Park Revisited II", Country Life, Vol.177, p,66).
Listing NGR: SU5421398221
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