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Buscot Park

Buscot Park
Buscot, Nr Lechlade
01367  240786
www.buscot-park.com
This National Trust property is a late  18th Century Mansion, housing the Faringdon Collection of paintings and  furniture.

Buscot Park was built by  Edward Loveden Loveden between 1779 and 1783. The house is a dignified example  of the late eighteenth-century taste for Italianate country houses, inspired by  the architecture of the great Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio. A  subsequent owner, Robert Tertius Campbell, died bankrupt in 1887, having spent  his large fortune on turning Buscot into a model agricultural estate.
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Buscot was then sold to Alexander Henderson, later the 1st Lord  Faringdon, a city financier of exceptional ability. With catholic tastes in art,  he bought paintings by Rembrandt, Murillo, Reynolds and Burne-Jones,  establishing a solid core to the Faringdon Collection.
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Gavin  Henderson, the 1st Lord Faringdon‚Ä™s grandson and heir, was also an enthusiastic  collector of pictures, and he added the bulk of the pictures to be seen at  Buscot today. He also remodelled the house by removing the heavy Victorian  additions that had compromised the original design, as well as building the two  balancing pavilions that stand to the east and west of the house.

In 1956 the Buscot Park estate was bequeathed to the  National Trust, and the contents of the house were subsequently transferred to  the Trustees of the Faringdon Collection. The present Lord Faringdon lives at  Buscot Park, administering the house and grounds on behalf of the National  Trust. He continues to acquire new works by contemporary artists to enhance the  Faringdon Collection. 

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