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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 11 July 2016

Stowe House



This long straight drive approaches Stowe House and gardens from Buckingham, passing through this 60 foot Corinthian Arch

You still use the driveway to approach the house but it no longer takes you through the arch. The Stowe estate began as the home to the Temple family from 1590.




The house was completely rebuilt in the early 1700s and has been redesigned over the years. The frontage is 916 feet long.



In 1922 Stowe School saved the building from demolition. The school is an Independent boys and girls boarding school with over 700 pupils.


The school is open to visitors  especially during the school holidays so I was fortunate to have a look around. This is the main library.


State Music Room




The domed ceiling in the Great Hall.

 



















The dining room.



One of the most interesting things on display were these items found during building works which mainly consisted of a stash of biscuit and sweet wrappers.












Walking back through the gardens here are some of the many temples and monuments.This is the Gothic Temple  








Temple of Concord and Victory
                            The Queen's temple

                                                      Temple of Ancient Virtue

















Captain Grenville's Column


















Bald looking sheep.











It is such a beautiful place, no wonder it is one of the National Trust's most popular estates to visit.




19 comments:

  1. Great photos of a magnificent place. You are so lucky to be able to visit places like that!

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  2. Hello, wonderful collection of images. It is a grand place and beautiful grounds.
    Thanks for sharing your visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  3. Wonderful! Beautiful place and photography ~ Glad the building was saved and being used ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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  4. Oh my, I would love to visit there. Seeing the first photos I imagined visiting in a horse drawn carriage. How good the place was saved from being demolished, that sad fate would have been a crime. I wonder about the families who owned it and lived there.

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  5. Beautiful monument. The architecture is amazing.

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  6. What an amazing house. It is beautiful. Children who go there are very lucky.

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  7. Wow that is quite the house! Amazing!

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  8. It is really a beautiful place, wow. Can you imagine going to school in such an amazing building? I hope those kids appreciate it!

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  9. such a beautiful place. It must be very inspiring for those kids lucky ernough to be there. Like Sallie, I hope they appresiate it.

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  10. The beauty of living in Europe, so much history ,so many wonderful places.

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  11. Hi!The temples are very gorgeous. You are very luck to be able to look many facilities in this school. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Impressive place! Love that Great Hall.

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  13. perusing this reminded me of a cute exchange I remember reading between an English and American officer. "Sir. You do not have tradition. You have habit."

    A little insulting, but still funny.

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  14. Those are 700 very fortunate children! What a gorgeous place to go to school and how wonderful it has been preserved.

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  15. Thtat must be something to be in that school as a child, something like Harry Potter. Beautiful surroundings as well.

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  16. What an amazing place - the grounds are very impressive.

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  17. Both posts very interesting and the area looks beautiful !

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  18. I hate to think how many times I have driven past the place going to Silverstone, one of these days I'll get around to visiting the place

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  19. A great tour - super photos. I wonder where the owner(s) of the wrappers ended up?

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