Description: Water Terrace Gardens, West Terrace
Date Listed: 27 July 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 253024
OS Grid Reference: SP4398215972
OS Grid Coordinates: 443982, 215972
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8406, -1.3630
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2/38, 8/38 Water Terrace Gardens, West
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
Source: English Heritage
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