PAIR OF SANDSTONE URNS IN THE ITALIAN GARDEN, CHILLINGHAM CASTLE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1232847
Date first listed:
25-Jan-1985
Date of most recent amendment:
24-Jun-2008
Statutory Address:
PAIR OF SANDSTONE URNS IN THE ITALIAN GARDEN, CHILLINGHAM CASTLE

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Location

Statutory Address:
PAIR OF SANDSTONE URNS IN THE ITALIAN GARDEN, CHILLINGHAM CASTLE

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

District:
Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Chillingham
National Grid Reference:
NU 06030 25750, NU 06040 25734

Details

CHILLINGHAM

324/16/55 CHILLINGHAM 25-JAN-85 PAIR OF SANDSTONE URNS IN THE ITALIAN GARDEN, CHILLINGHAM CASTLE (Formerly listed as: CHILLINGHAM STONE URNS AND GATEPIERS CIRCA 10 YARD S EAST OF ESTATE HOUSE)

GV II Two sandstone urns of C18 date

MATERIALS: sandstone

Although not identical, the urns are clearly sculptured as a pair and each comprises five parts. The main body of each urn has a scalloped lower part decorated with four stone heads. The upper part is fluted and bears a pair of caryatids (sculptured female figures) and 2 roundels; the latter have carvings in relief of gods and goddesses, depicting the four elements; the more northerly urn depicts Air, represented by Jupiter, and Water by a water goddess, possibly Amphitrite and the urn to the south depicts Fire, by Vulcan, and Earth by a harvest goddess, possibly Ceres. The tops of the urns are scrolled and gadrooned. The temporary concrete bases upon which the urns are fixed are not of special interest.

HISTORY: Prior to 1982, these urns were situated in the Italian garden at Chillingham Castle and are said to have been incorporated when the formal gardens were laid out to the designs of Sir Jeffrey Wyatville c. 1823. Photographs dating to c. 1900 show the gardens with the urns and a pair of marble urns (now also removed from the garden) which provides good evidence of their former location. In c.1982 the sandstone urns were removed to gate piers at the Estate House and were listed, in that location, in 1985. The urns were move back to their original location in the Italian Garden in 2007.

SOURCES: N Pevsner The Buildings of England: Northumberland 2nd Ed 1992 229-230; Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England English Heritage Part 31 Northumberland

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION: This pair of C18 sandstone urns are designated for the following principal reasons:

* they are fine examples of C18 garden adornment which are well executed and of high sculptural quality * they are part of a Grade II Registered landscape which enhances their interest * they adorn the Italian Garden of which they historically formed a part * they have Group Value with a number of listed buildings at Chillingham, notably the Grade I listed Castle.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
237521
Legacy System:
LBS

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: 10 Jul 2006
Reference: IOE01/15753/05
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Keith Ascough. Source Historic England Archive
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