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Column of Victory, Blenheim

Description: Column of Victory

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 August 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 252985

OS Grid Reference: SP4351916995
OS Grid Coordinates: 443519, 216995
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8499, -1.3696

Locality: Blenheim
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX20 1HE

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Listing Text

2/3 Column of Victory
Column of Victory. Erected 1727-30 by Lord Herbert, later ninth Earl of
Pembroke, after design by Nicholas Hawksmoor; statue of Marlborough by Sir Henry
Cheere. Limestone ashlar. Fluted Doric column surmounted by lead statue of the
Duke of Marlborough, as Caesar, and Roman eagles. Commemorative inscription on
plinth written by Lord Bolingbroke. The column, which commemorates Marlborough's
victories, was suggested by Vanbrugh: the designs by Hawksmoor were chiefly
inspired by the pillar in Piazza Navona, Rome. The masons were Townesend and
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: p473; National Monuments Record; K. Downes,
Hawksmoor, 1959, pp207-10, 282; D. Green: Blenheim Palace, 1951, ppihi-2, 173-7;
Blenheim Park is included in the HBMC Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade I)

Listing NGR: SP4351916995

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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