Monument record 0420804000 - STOWE PARK gasworks


Site of late nineteenth century Stowe estate gasworks which now has school swimming baths built upon it.

Protected Status/Designation

  • SHINE: Stowe medieval to post medieval landscape garden, medieval deserted villages of Lamport & Boycott, shrunken village of Daford, also moats, manors and fishponds, ridge and furrow earthworks & cropmarks, and areas of ancient semi natural woodland


Type and Period (2)

  • GAS HOLDER (19th Century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
  • GAS WORKS (19th Century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)


'Gasometer' at NGR. Site now has school swimming pool built on it (B11).
Watching brief carried out by Oxford Archaeology during service trenching from October 2002 to April 2003 identified a number of remains of brick foundations and a brick-lined tank with cast iron pipe, probably associated with the former 19th century gasometer (Trench 2). See report for details (B26).
'Gasometer' shown on 1st edition 6-inch and 25-inch OS maps at NGR.
Gasometer present on the 1881 – 1899 OS maps indicating a private gasworks to Stowe House. The gasworks were built for the Duke of Buckingham by George Bower of St. Neots. Nothing visible survives, but a written inventory of the gasworks survives (B74).

Sources (5)

  • ---SBC17422 Aerial Photograph: 04/09/76. BCM A2/11/20-22. SP\674376. Yes.
  • <11>SBC2991 Bibliographic reference: CLARKE G 1979 (DEC) LETTER RE ICE HOUSES (ON CAS FILE) ALSO OS 1880/5 6-INCH 1:10560 (1ST EDN).
  • <21>SBC20023 Unpublished document: English Heritage. 2001. Stowe Park, Stowe, Buckinghamshire: An Archaeological Survey by English Heritage (Survey Report).
  • <26>SBC20898 Unpublished document: Oxford Archaeology. 2003. New Cable Trenches, Stowe School, Stowe: Archaeological Watching Brief Report.
  • <74>SBC25438 Bibliographic reference: Professor Russell Thomas. 2020. The Manufactured Gas Industry: Volume 3 Gazetteer. p35.


Grid reference SP 67525 37567 (point) (Exact)
Civil Parish STOWE, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (2)

  • Event - Survey: (EBC13474)
  • Event - Intervention: Watching brief (Ref: STSNC 02) (EBC16520)

Record last edited

May 23 2021 4:13PM

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