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Temple of Flora Approximately 160 Metres North East of Nuneham House

A Grade II Listed Building in Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire

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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

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1368716

English Heritage Legacy ID: 248324

Location: Nuneham Courtenay, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX44

County: Oxfordshire

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

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Listing Text

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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