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RETAINING WALLS TO THE COLD BATH, OCTAGON POOL AND WATERY WALK

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: RETAINING WALLS TO THE COLD BATH, OCTAGON POOL AND WATERY WALK

List entry Number: 1052955

Location

RETAINING WALLS TO THE COLD BATH, OCTAGON POOL AND WATERY WALK

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Oxfordshire

District: West Oxfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Rousham

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 27-Aug-1957

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Jun-1988

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 252886

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List entry Description

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History

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Details

ROUSHAM ROUSHAM PARK GARDENS SP4724 14/230 Retaining walls to The Cold 27/08/57 Bath, Octagon Pool and Watery Walk (Formerly listed under The Cold Bath and small adjoining pavilion...) GV II* Retaining walls. c.1738-40, by William Kent. Squared and coursed limestone. Surround octagonal Cold Bath with ashlar rim and larger Octagon Pond in Venus' Vale. Serpentine stream of channelled limestone runs from spring near Temple of Echo (q.v.) through Cold Bath to Octagon Pond. The serpentine stream is of great importance as the earliest example of the Rococo "line of beauty" applied to garden design and is the embodiment of Kent's dictum that "Nature abhors a straight line": it is known as both the Watery Walk and The Rill. Part of the landscape gardens laid out by William Kent between 1733-40. (Rousham Park is included in the H.B.M.C. Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade I; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: pp745-6; M.I. Wilson, William Kent 1685-1748, 1984, p214)

Listing NGR: SP4776424500

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 745-6
Wilson, MT , William Kent 1685-1748, (1984), 214
Other
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 34 Oxfordshire

National Grid Reference: SP 47764 24500

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