Listed Building: QUEEN MARYS BOWER (1334745)

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Grade II*
Authority Historic England
Volume/Map/Item 1260, 6, 81
Date assigned Wednesday, July 12, 1967
Date last amended


Raised garden with moat known as Queen Mary's Bower and said to be on the site of an ancient earthwork. C16, restored early C19 by Wyatville. Coursed squared sandstone and ashlar. Square in plan. Featureless walls enclosing a raised garden. Parapet with moulded stringcourse at its base and a second stringcourse above. The parapet is broken at intervals by a decorative balustrade. Low semi-circular projection on two sides. To the south a massive flight of stone steps over a segmental-pointed arched bridge. These have stepped parapet walls and lead up to a three-sided entrance feature with blind round-arches to west and east and a plain flat-arched entrance to north. Shield above, and moulded stringcourse. The whole structure is surrounded by a quatrefoil moat with low coped retaining wall. Reported to have been built for Mary Queen of Scots to take the air during her periods of captivity at Chatsworth in the 1570s. The Gardens and Park are included on the Gardens Register at Grade I.

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Grid reference SK 25757 70313 (point)
Map sheet SK27SE

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Jun 5 2014 10:49AM

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