The Aviary


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Waddesdon Manor Grounds, Waddesdon, HP18 0JH


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Statutory Address:
Waddesdon Manor Grounds, Waddesdon, HP18 0JH

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

Buckinghamshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SP 73107 16547


SP 7216-7316 10/132


GV II Aviary. 1889, for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, restored 1960-66. Cast iron, metal lattice and wire mesh. Crescent-shaped with central and end pavilions.

Rococo in style with slender cast iron shafts and lattice work pilasters dividing bays, and upper borders with elaborate scrolls and shell motifs. Curving ranges of cages, each of four bays, have roof in form of a pointed barrel vault, mesh to front pitch, enclosed to rear.

End pavilions have shallow metal domes, slightly arched over each side. Central pavilion has glazed dome and rear wall of ashlar in form of grotto with wide segmental niche for fountain, piers with shaggy rustication, and tall flanking shell niches. Fountain has carved marble figure of Minerva, early C18 of Italian origin, reclining on rocks of tufa, with flanking marble tritons. Shell niches contain C17 Italian carved marble figures of a triton and a nereid sitting on twisted conch shells. Aviary has attached flanking walls of ashlar, the end piers with moulded capitals and bases.

Listing NGR: SP7310716547


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Books and journals
Hodgkinson, T, The James A de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor Sculpture, (1970), 65, 77 and 78
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 4 Buckinghamshire,


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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