Our work

Rebuilding the designed landscape

The Pantheon viewed across the Palladian Bridge and lake at Stourhead © Stourhead/Charlotte Toop

The Pantheon viewed across the Palladian Bridge and lake at Stourhead

Stourhead is one of the finest landscape gardens in the world.

The designed landscape was laid out between 1741 and 1780 in a classical 18th-century design set around a large man made lake. The landscape design includes classical temples, bridges, monuments and follies with 22 listed structures, 8 of which are grade I listed.

Rebuilding the designed landscape

The roof of King Alfred's Tower is in need of urgent repair © Stourhead/Tamsin Holmes

The roof of King Alfred's Tower is in need of urgent repair

The project aims to repair the iconic Pantheon, and King Alfred’s Tower.

Other features that would be restored by the project include the Grotto, the Bristol Cross, St Peter’s Pump marking the very source of the Stour, the Temples of Flora and Apollo (in need of stonework repairs), Stone Seat, The Obelisk and the lake edge itself.

Rebuilding the designed landscape

The Temple of Flora is in need of some roof repairs © Stourhead images

The Temple of Flora is in need of some roof repairs

The project is to conserve these built structures, ensuring they still remain for the next generations and the 400,000 visitors that we receive each year.

Much of the work is urgent and the Pantheon repairs are planned to start in November 2013. We aim to have all the work completed by 2018 within a budget of £624,400.

Why save the Pantheon?

A view of the iconic Pantheon

A view of the iconic Pantheon

The Pantheon is iconic; seen from across the lake it inspires you to walk around the lake to see it close up and discover more. It's important that we save this building for future generations.

Thank you SITA Trust

SITA Trust have kindly given us a grant of over £260,000 and it is thanks to this that we are able to start on essential repairs to the Pantheon and other buildings in the garden.

Greenhouse restoration

Thanks to kind donations from our visitors and the hard work of our volunteers we've raised almost £25,000. This has allowed us to restore the greenhouse which once stood in the top walled garden.

Conserving our Axminster carpet

The team packing the carpet ready for it to be moved for conservation

The team packing the carpet ready for it to be moved for conservation

Our Axminster carpet, a part of the original collection, was rescued by servants in 1902 from the fire which destroyed the central part of the house.

Over 100 years later it is now being rescued by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery who have funded the £36,000 needed for its conservation.

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