BOWOOD HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1253268

Date first listed: 05-Sep-1972

Statutory Address: BOWOOD HOUSE

Map

Ordnance survey map of BOWOOD HOUSE
© Crown Copyright and database right 2018. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1253268 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 19-Nov-2018 at 02:59:30.

Location

Statutory Address: BOWOOD HOUSE

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

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Calne Without

National Grid Reference: ST 97481 69950

Summary

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Reasons for Designation

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

History

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Details

ST 96 SE CALNE WITHOUT BOWOOD

5/12 Bowood House

5.9.72

GV I

Country house, 1755-61 by H. Keene and 1768-74 by R. Adam for the 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, built as service courts and orangery to the main house, demolished 1955. Conversion to main residence 1955-7 by F.S. Samuels. Ashlar with slate roofs. E-plan pair of service courts by Keene, 2-storey with 4 raised angle pavilions, screened across south by Adam's single storey orangery range, the 'Diocletian Wing'. Part of the centre arm of Keene's courts remodelled as chapel 1822-4 by C.R. Cockerell with prominent stone lantern on the ridge added 1860 by Sir C. Barry. South front is framed by Keene's pyramid-roofed pavilions, 3-window with modillion pediments applied against attic storey, plain attic cornice and parapet. Centre openings with architraves, ground floor centre with pediments on consoles, Adam's range between, 4-1-4-1-4-1-4- bays, has high pedimented projecting centre, with paired columns flanking tall arched doorway and carved eagle on apex block. Glazed doors with panelled piers and side lights, large radiating- bar fanlight over. Fluted frieze with paterae. Wings have centre pavilion with similar attached columns, cornice and flat parapet, recessed arch with paterae in spandrels framing circular light over plain doorway. Four-bays each side of centres have attached Roman Doric colonnade and balustrade over, moulded arched openings, fully glazed to orangery bays each side of main portico, recessed arched glazing-bar windows in outer bays. This south front is a major work in the development of Adam's mature style incorporating some neo-classical elements, notably the composite capitals of the columns derived from Diocletian's palace at Spalato. East front by Keene, 3-7-3-bays, is framed by pavilions as on south front, the centre 2-storey with modillion cornice and arched ground floor openings. Moulded architraves to centre openings of pavilions and main range, pediments to ground floor openings. Tall ashlar stacks. Inner courts have similar cornice, 4-3-4-bay pedimented rear ranges and 7-bay side ranges. Various arched ground floor openings and lunettes divided by applied pilasters. Centre range has south end altered for 3 long arched lights to chapel. Barry's lantern, at north end of chapel, has rusticated plinth, moulded base with clock faces and open arched cupola with attached columns, cornice, finials over columns and slated square dome. West front is plain version of east front with flanking pavilions. North front is rubble stone with 1899 stone conservatory attached to north of north-east pavilion, verandah on Roman Doric columns to right. Attached are reset ornate c1851 iron gates from forecourt of demolished main house. Interiors: Adam orangery has plastered vaults and Ionic screens each side of centre entry. Fine Greek revival doorcase and bronzed doors to chapel. Beyond orangery to east is Laboratory where J. Priestley, librarian and tutor at Bowood 1773-80 discovered oxygen gas 1774 and Dr Jan Ingenhousz (1730-99) discovered photosynthesis of plants 1779. East end of Adam range contains fine Library by C.R. Cockerell. Chapel by Cockerell has severe Greek revival interior with coffered ceilings. Reredos is C18 former organ case installed 1899. Bowood was a notable political and literary centre in the C18 and C19. The 1st Marquess (1737-1805) was Prime Minister 1782-3, friend of Johnson, Goldsmith, Hume and Franklin. The 3rd Marquess (1780-1863) was a leading Whig politician, anti- slaver and promoter of Catholic Emancipation, friend of T. Moore and Lord Macaulay. The 5th Marquess (1845-1927) was a Liberal politician, Governor General of Canada 1883-8, Viceroy of India 1888-94, Foreign Secretary 1900-5 and leader of the Liberal Unionists against Irish home rule. (Country Life, 8-22.6.1972)

Listing NGR: ST9752869945

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 436231

Legacy System: LBS

Sources

Books and journals
'Country Life' in 22 June, (1972)
'Country Life' in 8 June, (1972)
'Country Life' in 15 June, (1972)
Other
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 46 Wiltshire,

End of official listing