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Stourhead Gardens, Dorset

By Jazzyjack
'A living work of art'. That's how a magazine described Stourhead when it first opened its doors in the 1750s. This world-famous garden was designed by Henry Hoare II as a series of carefully constructed views, like scenes from a landscape painting.

Henry Hoare II built a dam to form the lake and around it he positioned classical temples, Gothic buildings and rare and exotic trees. Although the garden is something of a secluded world, there are glimpses out to the wider landscape; to an estate of working farms and ancient hamlets.

Henry Hoare II's garden was at the forefront of the 18th-century English landscape movement. For his fantastic achievement Henry was nicknamed 'the Magnificent'. Today Stourhead is essentially the same as Henry’s vision – a timeless paradise.

Tags: Dorset Stourhead Landscape and travel

Voters: georgiepoolie, jimobee, Danny1970 and 12 more


24 Oct 2016 10:36AM
Lovely capture.

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netta1234 8 382 2 Wales
24 Oct 2016 12:13PM
A beautiful Autumn coloured garden image that I like very much.
Love those reflections.Smile
Beautiful autumn colours
GeorgeP Plus
12 57 24 United States
24 Oct 2016 3:07PM
It is challenging to finding a new view for something as iconic as this bridge but you managed it here. Including those people and the ducks hurrying to the little girl is masterful. It changes a beautiful (but static) view into a record of a specific moment in time.

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