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January 24, 2014
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Of all Britain’s great estates, none provides more forceful testimony than Stowe to the constant heroic struggle to save the beauty and history of our island for future generations.

The editorial in The Times on 14th August 1848, by Lord Macaulay no less, suggests that all is lost. Macaulay rails against the throng of visitors come to “see an ancient family ruined, their palace marked for destruction, and its contents scattered to the four winds of Heaven … , check here. The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos is at the moment an absolutely ruined and destitute man … Stowe is no more.”



In the event the duke was able to save a surprising amount from the 40-day sale, including the house itself, the gardens, the nucleus of the estate and even some of the furniture.

Yet by 1900 — after a spell of glory while leased to the Comte de Paris, learn more about Europe cities -Stowe was yet again under dust sheets. Photographs by Country Life show garden buildings in decay and cornices falling off the temples. In 1921 following the death of the heir, another 18-day sale was held.

All the contents saved in 1848 were dispersed, but the house and grounds were offered in a single lot in the hope of saving them and were bought by a property developer, Harry Shaw. But he had difficulty in raising the money and now many of the statues and urns were sold, including the Greek heroes from the Temple of Ancient Virtue, Apollo and the Muses, the lions from the great south portico and five of the crowning statues from the Temple of Concord and Victory.

With the second sale came a proposal that was to be the saving of Stowe and its landscape. This was for the establishment of an ambitious new public school intended to rank among the first six in Britain, learn something interesting checking this compare annecy hotels website. ”If we do not fail in our purpose, every boy who goes out from Stowe will know beauty when he sees it for the rest of his life,” said the new headmaster. Once more heroism was called for and when the school governors decided not to bid for the Grand Avenue the

architect Clough Williams-Ellis bought it to save it from felling. He could not afford to

hold it indefinitely so he put an advertisement in The Times which prompted the Vice-Provost of Eton to raise funds in order to give it as a christening present to the new school.