The Quinta 6488

Weston Rhyn, England, Shropshire

Brief Description

The Quinta, a house of 1850-1860, was surrounded in the 1870s by shrubberies and a park. In the park was a pool with a boathouse, a lodge, and in its north-eastern part, a folly in the form of a stone circle patterned after Stonehenge.

History

The Quinta features a house built 1850-1860 for Thomas Barnes, M.P. It sits in a park established by Frederick West in the 1830s. The house and grounds are now used as an evangelical Christian retreat centre.

Features
  • Folly
  • Description: In the northeastern part of the park at The Quinta, there is a folly in the shape of a stone circle. The folly is similar in plan to Stonehenge, at half scale, with an outer circle of orthostats surmounted by a continuous curving lintel. These enclose an inner U-shaped arrangement of trilithons, some paired. In 1851 the folly was said to have been erected about ten years previously 'in the exact form of the celebrated druidical temple at Stonehenge,' although it appears that the replica is far from precise. The builder has been identified as a Major West.
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  • Country House (featured building)
  • Description: The Quinta is a lavish, though not very large house, built in the neo-Gothic style.
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  • Hunting Lodge
  • Description: In 1851 there was a lodge in the park at The Quinta.
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  • Boat House
  • Description: In 1851 there was a boathouse in the park at The Quinta.
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Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Weston Rhyn
History

Period

  • Victorian (1837-1901)
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