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    Tyringham Hall Milton Keynes

    Bathing Pavilion // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.Bathing Pavilion This 1926 summerhouse by Lutyens, situated in the gardens. The concrete dome has cracked and is leaking, and there are open joints with shrub growth at parapet externally. It is opposite of the Temple of Music.

    The Temple of Music  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.The Temple of Music The garden pavilion cum chapel, 1926, by Lutyens. Rich scagliola columns and timber panelling. Concrete domed roof is cracked and leaking badly. Water is damaging the decorative plaster work and scagliola. Algae growing inside and there are fruiting bodies on some of the plasterwork and pilasters.

    Stable block  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.Stable block Built in 1793, by Soane, this forms one side of the polygonal, walled kitchen gardens to the north-east. Partly occupied but section above carriage arch unoccupied and with leaking roof. The kitchen gardens are in poor condition.

    Barn at New Manor Farm, Broughton Lane

    Aylesbury Vale

    Barn, late C12 and later. Propped with scaffolding and with a temporary roof covering which has been repaired by the local authority following service of an Urgent Works Notice. A permanent repair remains urgent.

    Stowe Landscape Garden

    Aylesbury Vale

    Captain Cook's Monument  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.Captain Cook's Monument Small monument, 1778. Formerly situated on the Shell Bridge in the Elysian Fields; currently dismantled and in store but works are underway towards its reinstatement. The pleasure grounds are in the process of restoration.

    Doric Arch  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.Doric Arch Forms the entrance from the Elysian fields into the gardens to the south of the house. View from the arch of the Palladian Bridge, Stowe Castle and the Temple of British Worthies. Stonework and plaster decaying. A temporary felt roof has been installed until the lead can be properly repaired.

    Equestrian Statue of George I  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.Equestrian Statue of George I Lead equestrian statue, 1723, by John Van Nost, situated to the north of the house in the entrance forecourt. Stone base decaying and inscriptions on slate eroding.

    Grotto  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.Grotto, Built in 1739, and altered extensively mid 18th century. Situated at the northern end of the Elysian Fields, views to the south over Elysian Fields and serpentine rivers. Some work has been done on flanking tunnels, security gates are installed, but there is water ingress through the roof.

    Stowe House  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.Stowe House Country house, 1680, situated in extensive landscaped park. Extensive repairs have been carried out on the house but further work is needed. Repair of north colonnades is complete & repairs to north patico is underway.

    Temple of Friendship // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.Temple of Friendship Garden temple, 1739, situated in the south-east corner of the pleasure gardens, close to the Palladian Bridge and with views to the north over the lake and Hawkwell Field beyond. The Tuscan portico has been consolidated and has a new roof, however the cella and two flanking loggias remain roofless.

    Corinthian Arch // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.The Corinthian Arch Monumental arch, 1765 containing two houses & situated in the park, c1.15km south-south-east of the house. Arch is on main north-south axis with the house & the Lake Pavilions which lie c600m to the north of arch, & terminates the view south from the house. The roof & masonry are deteriorating.

    The Lake Pavilions  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.The Lake Pavilions Two garden pavilions c1730 by Vanbrugh, altered & resited 1764, situated on southern edge of pleasure grounds. They are on the same axis as house & the Corinthian Arch, which lies c800m to the south, & frame the view of the arch from the house. General holding repairs completed, further work required.

    Palladian Bridge  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.The Palladian Bridge Covered bridge built in 1738; attributed to James Gibbs, situated in the south-east corner of the pleasure grounds. Bridge is viewed from the west across the Octagon Lake, and from the north-west and north across Hawkwell Fields. Steady decay of the roof covering, ceiling plaster and masonry. Holding repairs have been carried out, but more work needed.

    The Queens Temple  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.The Queens Temple Pavilion of 1740, attributed to James Gibbs, remodelled 1770. The main views from the temple are to the south, over the fields to the Gothic temple, Palladian Bridge and Temple of Friendship. In use but masonry badly decayed.

    West Boycott Pavilion  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.The West Boycott Pavilion One of pair of large stone pavilions, c1728, by James Gibbs, incorporating domestic accommodation. Situated on one side of the Oxford Avenue, at the south-west of The Course which is the main approach to the house. Work is needed to masonry.

    Wolfe Obelisk  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.The Wolfe Obelisk Tall stone obelisk c1760 standing in the park, 1km north of the house. Long term neglect has resulted in advanced deterioration of masonry.

    Stoke Park Bridge

    Stoke Poges,
    South Bucks

    Stoke Park Bridge  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.1798 probably by James Wyatt. The bridge has lost it's entire parapet and the stonework is decaying. The bridge is an important feature in the view of the registered Park from the main house, also by Wyatt.

    Aviary at Dropmore House

    Taplow, South Bucks

    Aviary at Dropmore House // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.Aviary, early C19, situated on the south side of the range of buildings to the west of the house. Vandalised and neglected since the Estate was abandoned nine years ago. Now in very poor condition. Situated within late C18 to early C19 gardens in a ruinous condition. The woodland to the north and west is in a poor condition. The park to the south and east is in good condition.

    Dropmore House

    Taplow, South Bucks

    Dropmore House  // Image courtesy of English Hertigage.Country house, 1792-5 by Samuel Wyatt, set in 18th and 19th century landscape, now in a poor to ruinous condition. Damaged by a fire in 1990; eastern third of the house burned down to ground level; emergency repairs undertaken. Planning Permission/LBC previously granted for rebuilding a wing and further restoration work. Fire in 1997 damaged the Victorian rooms. Suffering from vandalism and theft.

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