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Description: Cascade and Associated Pool and Steps Circa 70 Metres South East of Cowley Manor
Date Listed: 22 October 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 135036
OS Grid Reference: SO9652014565
OS Grid Coordinates: 396520, 214565
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8297, -2.0519
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COWLEY COWLEY VILLAGE
10/86 Cascade and associated pool
and steps c70m south-east of
Cascade and associated pool and steps, built c1860 for James
Hutchinson. Cascade: ashlar alternating with bands of coursed
squared and dressed limestone, in the process of restoration in
limestone rubble at the time of the resurvey, January 1987. Pool
and steps: dressed limestone. Plan: cascade with step down from
the upper level either side align the central part of the cascade
on a circular pool with central fountain and further flights of
steps. The cascade comprises a retaining wall c20m long and 6m
deep including a low parapet wall; pilasters with banded
rustication at regular intervals along the wall; grotesque bearded
heads between the pilasters, from which water from the lake above
issues, the water from the central head issues into a horizontally
set shell, thence falling into a rectangular pool with two quadrant
walls incorporating 4 pedestals, two retaining eagle statuettes on
the east side; a flight of shallow steps down to a circular pool;
8 pedestals with lion statuettes at intervals around the pool;
small fountain at the centre; shallow flight of steps down towards
the lower lake, aligning on a squat marble column with limestone
upper part possibly intended as the base for a sundial.
(Country Life 4.8.1906)
Listing NGR: SO9652014565
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