Stowe, Buckinghamshire

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Saint Mary's Church, Stowe, Buckinghamshire
Palladian Bridge, Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire

Stowe is a civil parish and former village northwest of Buckingham in the unitary authority area of Buckinghamshire, England. The parish includes the hamlets of Boycott, Dadford and Lamport. Stowe House is a Grade I listed country house in the parish and is occupied by Stowe School. The landscaped gardens and its many monuments were acquired by the National Trust in 1990, and are open to the public. The National Trust is overseeing a restoration programme of the grounds, temples and follies.


  • The Ladies Temple is also finished, with which I cannot say we are much delighted. In the view of it is lately erected a naval pillar in honour of Captain Grenville, on the Top stands a figure of Neptune with a splinter of the ship in his hands, and on the base of the pillar is inscribed in great encomiums on this unfortunate young man.
    • from her Journal, Sophia, Lady Newdigate (1748)
  • That side of the Garden first finish'd is so Crowded with Buildings that as you see them at a distance seem almost at Top of One Another that each loses its Effect. They are all small and trifling or clumsy, and are all dirty and decaying already.
    • from the Letterbook of Jemima, Marchioness Grey (5 July 1748)
  • I went to my Lady Cobham yesterday and she began in a violent manner about the Sheep being put into the garden. I told her they look'd mighty pretty and everybody said it wou'd make the turf much firmer, but if they did harm they would be taken out I suppos'd ...
    • from a Letter to Richad Grenvillw, afterwards Earl Temple, Anne Grenville, afterwards Countess Temple (1750)
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