WATER TERRACE GARDENS, WEST TERRACE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1203490
Date first listed:
27-Jul-1988
Statutory Address:
WATER TERRACE GARDENS, WEST TERRACE

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Location

Statutory Address:
WATER TERRACE GARDENS, WEST TERRACE

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Oxfordshire
District:
West Oxfordshire (District Authority)
Parish:
Blenheim
National Grid Reference:
SP 43982 15972

Details

BLENHEIM SP41NW, SP4416 2/38, 8/38 Water Terrace Gardens, West Terrace

GV II Water Terrace Gardens. 1925-30, by Achille Duchene for Ninth Duke of Marlborough. West Terrace is bounded by limestone ashlar walls, with steps to north and south; tall wall to east has rusticated pilasters to walls bounding steps which rise to upper East Terrace (q.v.) and central row of caryatids flanking rusticated niches with vasques forming miniature cascades. Two square ponds, with limestone ashlar retaining walls have Bernini Fountain (q.v.) to north pool and copy of Bernini Fountain to south pool. Large decorative earthenware urns stand at corners of pool and flank north and south steps. To east of pools is low wall, with 3 sets of steps to raised walk adjoining East Terrace (q.v.): steps to centre are flanked by sphinxes by W. Ward Willis, 1930, which depict Ninth Duke's second wife, and. lead statuettes of angels standing on fluted Doric columns; steps to sides flanked by similar angels and cloaked putti holding swags. Lead statues on limestone ashlar pedestals to north-east and north-west corners of terrace, depict warriors holding swords and shields. Limestone ashlar garden seats on console supports. (Blenheim Park is included in the HBMC Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade I; Builidngs of England: Oxfordshire: pp474-5; D. Green: Blenheim Palace: 1951)

Listing NGR: SP4398215972

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
253024
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Green, D, Blenheim Palace, (1951)
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 474-5
Other
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 34 Oxfordshire

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

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Date: 14 Aug 2001
Reference: IOE01/04884/10
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