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Lamport Lodge

Stowe: Lamport Fields and the Japanese Gardens



The photograph below shows the triple Garden Gateway to the north of Lamport Lodge. It consists of one carriage and two pedestrian entrances. According to Michael Bevington in the ninth issue of his Templa Quam Dilecta series, it is the last and most elaborate of the seven old gateways into the garden.

The Garden Gateway at Lamport Lodge

The lodge, shown below, stands just inside the gate and faces north. The façade is some thirty feet wide with a central porch flanked by two bay windows. The porch, windows, and chimney were given Gothic features by the architect Edward Blore in 1840-41 in keeping with the nearby Gothic Temple. Blore was, according to Bevington, "one of the leading exponents of the Gothic Revival after building Abbotsford for Sir Walter Scott."

The Lamport Lodge

The photograph below shows the view from the Gothic Temple eastward along the track toward Lamport Lodge, the roof and chimney of which can be seen at the end of the avenue of Dawyck beeches, planted in 1941. These trees are a special variety -- slender and tapering -- which, according to Bevington, "arose by chance on Colonel F. R. S. Balfour's estate at Dawyck, Peebleshire," hence their name.

The view from the Gothic Temple toward Lamport Lodge


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John D. Tatter, Birmingham-Southern College, jtatter@bsc.edu