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

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1052955
Date first listed:
27-Aug-1957
Date of most recent amendment:
29-Jun-1988
Statutory Address:
RETAINING WALLS TO THE COLD BATH, OCTAGON POOL AND WATERY WALK

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Location

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

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

County:
Oxfordshire
District:
West Oxfordshire (District Authority)
Parish:
Rousham
National Grid Reference:
SP4775524500

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: SP4775524500

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
252886
Legacy System:
LBS

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

Legal

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

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