Virginia Water

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The lake at Virginia Water was created in the 18th century; construction work first began in 1752. However on 1 September 1768 a great storm destroyed the pondhead and Cascade, and emptied the lake!

Thankfully, under the guidance of George III, work soon began to reconstruct and extend the lake to its present day size and scale. The lake and its grounds were reinstated as a place of pageantry and spectacle, with fishing temples along the shore and an ornate Chinese junk peacefully resting on the waters.