Coming Home Via Historical Stowe
As mentioned in earlier posts, on our way home from 'SteemCampUK we made a small detour and met some friends at the National Trust Property, Stowe.
I was a bit confused as to why it was National Trust since the main building i actually a private school. So if they were bringing in money as a business why was the National Trust involved?
When I got home I read this explanation on the website:
In 1922, in the face of demolition, Stowe School saved the building from certain destruction. Unlike the loss and decline of many English country houses, Stowe House found a new and revived use for the 20th and 21st centuries as a school for boys and girls.
Stowe House Preservation Trust was established in 1997 to restore the House and share this special place with the world. To see the estate in its entirety as you would have as a visitor in the 1800s, the National Trust work with Stowe House Preservation Trust and Stowe School to open it to visitors throughout the year.
The house itself was closed to the public last weekend so we were unable to see the interior but there was plenty in the grounds to explore.
Main Entrance to Stowe House
Inside The Elysian Fields Grotto
Built in 1739 by William Kent
The Gothic Temple - Hawkwell Field
Dates from 1741 and based on a design by James Gibbs
The Chinese House
Built in 1738 and bought and moved to Stowe by The National Trust in 1992.
Built to the design of Sir John Vanbrugh in 1721
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