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Description: Sun Shelter and Rock Gardens, Winterstoke Gardens
Date Listed: 4 February 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 172051
OS Grid Reference: TR3918265581
OS Grid Coordinates: 639182, 165581
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3390, 1.4327
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TR 36 NE
1/415 Sun shelter
and rock gardens,
Sunshelter and rock gardens. 1923. Sir John Burnet and Partners,
Architects, Messrs. Pulham and Son, Craftsmen. Constructed with
Pulhamite (applied to brick substructure). Lengths of rock garden
extend to about 120 metres east and west of central sunshelter, with
flights of steps about 65 metres east and west of central area. The
rock face, about 2 metres high, recessed some 30 metres, and as if cut
from the natural rock, the wall formed by sunshelter, a projecting
curved quadrant with 12 paired Doric columns in antis with cornice on
parapet, raised to centre and with iron balustrade and shield depicting
man wrestling a ram. Flanking pavillions or pylons with blocked doors,
with cornice and urns bearing fruit over, all on heavy moulded plinth,
carried over back wall of arcade as seating with niches to right and
to left, and central fountain bowl. Treble stepped platform to front
and to right adjacent rock wall, bench recess, with original bench on
3 scrolled lion head supports. Upper ground level (sunshelter roof).
Central fountain pond in paved platform, with parapet wall to seaward
formed by balcony of sunshelter, flanked by massive piers topped by
squared font-like fish bowls. Landward parapet wall about 2 feet high,
semi-circular, with bench seating and end piers. Plaques on the left and
right flanks of the shelter record the Architects and Craftsmen. The
gardens were originally the Wills Memorial Gardens, founded by Dame Janet
Stancomb Wills in memory of her adoptive uncle, Sir Henry Wills (Lord
Winterstoke) of nearby East Court, a member of the Tobacco family.
Listing NGR: TR3879765183
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Source: English Heritage
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