Stowe House

Stowe House is a grade I listed country house in Stowe, England. It is the home of Stowe School, an independent school and is owned by the Stowe House Preservation Trust who have to date spent more than £25m on the restoration of the house. Stowe House is open to the public; the gardens, a significant example of the English garden style, along with part of the Park, passed into the ownership of The National Trust in 1989 and are open to the public. The parkland surrounding the gardens is open 365 days a year. National Trust members have free access to the gardens but there is a charge for all visitors to the house which goes towards the costs of restoring the building; the gardens and most of the parkland are listed grade I separately from the House. Sir George Gifford MP and Knight born 1495 to after 27 December 1557 owned Stowe Rectory, he willed it to his son Thomas Gifford born about 1542-after 16 February 1593. His will was dated 20 November 1556 and proved 19 January 1557/58 and again on 21 November 1562.

The Temple family fortune was based on sheep farming, they were first recorded as such at Witney in Oxfordshire. From 1546 they had been renting a sheep farm in Burton Dassett in Warwickshire; the Stowe estate was leased from Thomas Gifford in 1571 by Peter Temple, his son John Temple bought the manor and estate of Stowe in 1589 and it became the home of the Temple family. In the late 17th century, the house was rebuilt by Sir Richard Temple, 3rd Baronet, on the present site; this house is now the core of the mansion known today. The old medieval stronghold was located near Stowe Parish Church, about 100 yards to the south-east of the current house. Having been redesigned subsequently over the years, the whole front is now 916 feet in length and can be seen as you approach from the direction of Buckingham. A long, straight driveway ran from Buckingham all the way to the front of the house, passing through a 60-foot Corinthian arch on the brow of the hill on the way; the driveway approach to the house is still in use today, although it no longer runs through the arch.

British and foreign aristocrats and royalty stayed at the house throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1725 The 3rd Earl of Carlisle and his wife stayed for a fortnight; the 1730s and 1740s saw visits by Henrietta, Countess of Suffolk, The 1st Earl of Bath. In 1750, The 1st Earl of Bristol attended a reception at the house. In 1754 Count Stanisław August Poniatowski visited the gardens; the 1760s saw two visits by Leopold III, Duke of Anhalt-Dessau, as part of his tours of English gardens in preparation for the creation of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm. 1768 saw the visit of King Christian VII of Denmark. In July 1770 there was a house party lasting several days whose guests included Princess Amelia, The Hon. Horace Walpole, Lady Mary Coke and The 2nd Earl of Bessborough; the Prince Regent came in 1805 and 1808. King Louis XVIII came in January 1808 for several days, his party including: the Comte d'Artois, Louis's brother and successor as King of France. 1810 saw the visit of King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden.

Tsar Alexander I of Russia visited in 1810 and in 1814 Grand Duke Michael of Russia visited. 1816 saw a visit by Hermann Graf Pückler. The Graf, a famous travel writer from Upper Lusatia, was elevated in the Prussian peerage as Hermann, Fürst von Pückler-Muskau. In 1818 Grand Duke Nicholas visited; the same year saw the first of many visits by The Duke of Clarence. Following King William IV's death, his widow Queen Adelaide stayed in 1840; that year saw visits by The Duke of Cambridge and his son Prince George. In 1843 there were several visits by German royalty, with the British-born King Ernest Augustus of Hanover and his wife, Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, staying at the house; that year, both Crown Prince Johann of Saxony and Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia would stay at Stowe. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stayed at the house for several days in 1845. Due to financial problems, the family let the estate to the Comte de Paris from 1889 to 1894; the Comte died that year in the house. Famous non-royal visitors included: Alexander Pope, a frequent visitor from 1724 onwards, who, in 1726, visited in the company of Dean Jonathan Swift and John Gay.

In April 1786 John Adams visited Stowe and other notable houses in the area, after visiting them he wrote in his diary "Stowe and Blenheim, are superb. Wotton is both great and elegant, though neglected". However, in his diary he was damnin

Down to the Moon

Down to the Moon is Andreas Vollenweider's fifth studio album, released in 1986. It was re-released in 2005 and again in 2006, it was the first album to win the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in 1987. All songs written and arranged by Andreas Vollenweider."Down To The Moon" - 2:26 "Moon Dance" - 4:11 "Steam Forest" - 4:56 "Water Moon" - 2:15 "Night Fire Dance" - 4:57 "Quiet Observer" - 2:43 "Silver Wheel" - 3:57 "Drown in Pale Light" - 2:13 "The Secret, The Candle and Love" - 3:44 "Hush - Patience at Bamboo Forest" - 0:12 "Three Silver Ladies Dance" - 2:40 "La Lune et L'enfant" - 2:00 Andreas Vollenweider: Harp Christoph Stiefel: Keyboards, Synthesizers Pedro Haldemann: Bells Walter Keiser: Drums Jon Otis: Percussion Max Laesser: Strings Matthias Ziegler: Woodwinds


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