An almost impossibly Picturesque setting
Sometimes a single building can epitomise an entire aesthetic movement. The Birdhouse is one such, a Classically-inspired pavilion in an almost impossibly Picturesque setting. It was designed c.1783 by the master of such ornament, architect James Wyatt, for a wealthy Midlands industrialist who was inspired by his travels on the Grand Tour. The Birdhouse is perched above a natural ravine known as the Dingle through which flows a tributary of the River Wharfe, its natural qualities enhanced by a pupil of Capability Brown, William Emes.