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British Gardens in Time Episode 2 of 4

Stowe, one of the most remarkable creations of Georgian England, is the birthplace of the landscape garden. Created on a vast scale with 36 temples, eight lakes and a dozen avenues, Stowe launched the career of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and fostered a rebellion that overthrew the first British prime minister, Robert Walpole.

Rather than being a garden of flowers and shrubs, Stowe is a garden of ideas and its grottos and classical monuments spell out a furious, coded political manifesto. Stowe's creator, Viscount Cobham, dreamt of climbing to the pinnacle of political power and establishing a long-lived dynasty, but less then a century after his death his family was to become the most scandalous bankrupts in English history.

1 hour

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Thu 25 Sep 2014 23:00


Role Contributor
ProducerRuairi Fallon
DirectorRuairi Fallon
Executive ProducerKatie Buchanan

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