Studley Royal Water Garden, Yorkshire

Studley Royal Water Garden, Yorkshire, England

This stunnig piece of landscape engineering was the creation of John Aislabie ( 1670-1742) and his son, William Aislabie (1699-1781).  John held high Government office rising to Chancellor of the Exchequer but was forced to exit public life in disgrace after involvement in corruption associated with the South Sea Bubble stockmarket speculation. After paying his fine he was released from prison and then devoted his energies to his scheme for canals and cascades in the Skell Valley.

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