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Pool, Summer House and Statuary Approximately 60 Metres South of Manor House

A Grade II Listed Building in Garsington, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7128 / 51°42'46"N

Longitude: -1.1587 / 1°9'31"W

OS Eastings: 458222

OS Northings: 201902

OS Grid: SP582019

Mapcode National: GBR 8ZN.FWB

Mapcode Global: VHCY2.V6TS

Entry Name: Pool, Summer House and Statuary Approximately 60 Metres South of Manor House

Listing Date: 25 October 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1047689

English Heritage Legacy ID: 246447

Location: Garsington, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX44

County: Oxfordshire

District: South Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Garsington

Built-Up Area: Garsington

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Garsington

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

(West side)
11/59 Pool, summer-house and
statuary approx 60 metres
south of Manor House.

Formal pool, summer-house and 9 statues on pedestals. Circa 1920. Created
for Philip and Lady Ottoline Morrell. Large rectangular pool in a dressed
limestone basin with a central rectangular stone-paved island, set across
the garden (south) axis of the house. Painted wooden summer-house, known as
The Temple (centre east) has the doorway flanked by small openings set between
4 simple pilasters beneath a rustic entablature and triangular pediment. It
was brought from the Morrells former country house at Peppard. Round the sides
of the pool are 8 full-length standing stone figures on stone
pedestals set in recesses in a yew hedge. A further statue is on the island.
In clockwise order they are:-
a) East: Male, girdled with a vine and holding a shield-shaped tablet. Base
inscribed "....VROR POETICUS ". Square pedestal with moulded base and cornice
and front panel.
b) East: Partly-draped female with bee-hive(?). Base inscribed "THEO..."
Pedestal as (a).
c) South: Partly-draped female with quiver. Fluted cylindrical pedestal with
moulded base and cornice.
d) South: Partly-draped male (Vulcan) with hammer and anvil. One foot
replaced. Very fine work. Square pedestal with moulded base and cornice and
panelled sides.
e) South: Partly-draped female. Parts of both arms detached. Pedestal as (c).
f) West: Nude female holding branch. Square pedestal with moulded base and
g) West: Partly draped figure. Pedestal as (f).
h) North: Figure on square pedestal.
i) Island: Reclining female on oval pedestal ornamented with festoons and mask.
The pool forms the focus of the elaborate Italian garden laid out by the
Morrells with the assistance of Philip Tylden. It was formed from a medieval
fishpond. Many well known artists and writers were frequent visitors during the
Morrells' occupancy (1915-28) and some, conscientious objectors, were
employed as workmen durng the First World War.
(Buildings of England : Oxfordshire, p.612; R. Ingrams, Garsington Manor,
(privately printed)).

Listing NGR: SP5822201902

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