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Latitude: 51.8406 / 51°50'26"N
Longitude: -1.363 / 1°21'46"W
OS Eastings: 443982
OS Northings: 215972
OS Grid: SP439159
Mapcode National: GBR 7WH.J7K
Mapcode Global: VHCX6.BZ9V
Entry Name: Water Terrace Gardens, West Terrace
Listing Date: 27 July 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1203490
English Heritage Legacy ID: 253024
Location: Blenheim, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX20
District: West Oxfordshire
Civil Parish: Blenheim
Traditional County: Oxfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire
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
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