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IoE Number: 422387
Location: EYECATCHER AT SP 4828 2603,
  STEEPLE ASTON, CHERWELL, OXFORDSHIRE
Photographer: N/A
Date Photographed: N/A
Date listed: 08 December 1955
Date of last amendment: 08 December 1955
Grade II*

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STEEPLE ASTONSP42NE2/98Eyecatcher at SP 4828 260308/12/55-II*

STEEPLE ASTON SP42NE 2/98 Eyecatcher at SP 4828 2603 08/12/55 - II* Eyecatcher. c.1740 by William Kent. Naristone rubble with squared dressings. A folly in the form of a high wall, the top of which rises over 3 graduated arched openings and is ornamented with 11 rubble pinnacles. The front has shallow buttresses, and there are large raking buttresses to rear. The Eyecatcher stands on the skyline of the principal view from Ronsham Park, and forms an important feature of Kent's landscape design, It is one of the earliest examples of a sham ruin. (VCH: Oxfordshire: Vol XI, p29; buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p745; M. Jourdain, The Work of William Kent, 1948, p81.)

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