Courtesy of Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University | Licence: Public Domain
Courtesy of Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University | Licence: Public Domain

Stourhead

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From the Collection

Description

Collective Title: Burney-Lear drawings collection

Additional Makers: Richard Colt Hoare (1758-1838); Edward Lear (1812-1888)

Image Licence

Image Credit

Courtesy of Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

From the Watercolour World

Location

The Bristol Cross, Stourhead estate, Warminster, Wiltshire, England

Country

Tww Comment

The Bristol Cross was erected in 1373 at the crossroads of the four major streets leading into Bristol. It stands 39 feet high and originally had niches for Kings John, Henry III, Edward III and Edward IV. In 1491 the city spent £20 painting and regilding it. In 1633 they added Henry VI, Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I. 100 years later it was causing an obstruction, so it was taken down and put into store. There were protests, so it was re-erected on College Green, land owned by the Cathedral. In 1765 the Dean gave it to Henry Hoare to ornament Stourhead garden.