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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.


List entry Number: 1052956



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: 252888

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ROUSHAM ROUSHAM PARK GARDENS SP4724 14/232 Temple of Echo 27/08/57 (Formerly listed under The Pyramid and Townsend's Building) GV II* Garden temple. c.1738-40 by William Kent and William Townesend. Limestone ashlar; hipped Welsh slate roof. Octagonal plan. Classical style. Pedimented portico has two Tuscan columns in antis. Moulded cornices and vermiculated frieze. 6-pane sash with heavy glazing bars to left. Interior: Roman tomb. Architectural frames to niches and Hellenistic-style relief carving. Part of the landscape gardens laid out by William Kent between 1733 and 1740. Probably designed by Kent and built by Townesend. (Rousham Park is included in the H.B.M.C. Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade I; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: p746; M. Jourdain, The Work of William Kent, 1948, p80)

Listing NGR: SP4778124598

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 746
Wilson, MT , William Kent 1685-1748, (1984), 80
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 34 Oxfordshire

National Grid Reference: SP4778124598


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