History The gardens date back to the 18th century and were created by Lord Cobham and set out to reveal the politics and morality of the period. Temple of Venus In 1731 William Kent made his first creation for the estate and named it the Temple of Venus. The four busts that overlook the Eleven Acre Lake represent Cleopatra, Faustina, Nero and Vespasian, who were famous for their need for love and lust. Concord and Victory Lancelot Brown was an under-gardener to William Kent. He sculpted the Grecian Valley that held views out to the parkland. Concord and Victory was placed on a high point of the garden. He created a trick of the eye using hidden walls to keep the livestock out of the garden, whilst creating views that appeared as one ongoing scene.