To your left you can see the Oxford Bridge. Developed later than the Buckingham entrance, this approach from Oxford revived the old Roman Bicester to Towcester road that had fallen out of use by the mid-1800s. The same tricks of design are used with undulating hills on the straight road meaning that buildings and features fell in and out of view as you travelled towards the house.

On the other side of Buckingham near Thornborough there is another Roman Road, burial mounds (Tumuli) and a Roman Temple. The floor of the Queen’s Temple, designed in 1742 as a space for Lady Cobham to entertain her friends, has a mosaic inserted in the floor that was taken from a nearby Roman Temple at Foscott.

Autumn view of Oxford Bridge Copyright John Millar. Not for reproduction.