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Stone Vase on East Bank of gardens at Powis Castle

A Grade II Listed Building in Welshpool, Powys

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Latitude: 52.649 / 52°38'56"N

Longitude: -3.1583 / 3°9'29"W

OS Eastings: 321731

OS Northings: 306322

OS Grid: SJ217063

Mapcode National: GBR 9Z.6C26

Mapcode Global: WH79P.GP83

Entry Name: Stone Vase on East Bank of gardens at Powis Castle

Listing Date: 29 February 1996

Last Amended: 29 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16788

Building Class: Defence

Location: The vase is set in a clearing among the trees of the E bank, towards the E boundary of the garden, and on a major axis with the main castle building.

County: Powys

Community: Welshpool (Y Trallwng)

Community: Welshpool

Locality: Powis Castle

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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Exterior

History: Little appears to be known about the origins of this vase: the wilderness garden which forms its setting was laid out in the 1770's, but the vase may have its origins elsewhere in the gardens, and it is possible that it was intended for the Baroque water garden (largely completed by 1705) that occupied the flat land at the base of the garden terraces. The Bucks' Perspective View of Powis Castle' of 1742 certainly shows a pair of vases or fountains of similar form.

Description: Stone. A wide shallow basin is supported on a fluted stem, carried on an oval base with moulded panels.

The vase forms an eye-catcher at its prominent position aligned with the central axis of the castle, and is a fine example of garden sculpture.

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