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List entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: TERRACE GARDENS

List entry Number: 1189676

Location

TERRACE GARDENS, CASTLE ASHBY PARK

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
NorthamptonshireSouth NorthamptonshireDistrict AuthorityCastle Ashby

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 06-Sep-1988

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 235417

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History

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Details

In the entry for CASTLE ASHBY SP 8659 CASTLE ASHBY PARK

13/17 Terrace Gardens

GV II

The grade shall be amended to read:-

GV II*

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CASTLE ASHBY CASTLE ASHBY PARK SP8659 13/17 Terrace Gardens

GV II Garden features. Completed 1864 to designs by W.B. Thomas, for 3rd Marquis of Northampton. Brick and limestone and Blashfield's terracotta, about two years later. The building and ornamentation supervised by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt. Four linked terraced gardens to east and north of Castle Ashby (q.v.) between house and park. Balustrades are of terracotta, those to outer retaining wall with continuous lettering to match parapets of house. Beginning at north-west corner they read: THE GRASS WITHERETH AND THE FLOWER FADETH BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURETH FOR EVER, then CONSIDER THE LILIES OF THE FIELD HOW THEY GROW THEY TOIL NOT NEITHER DO THEY SPIN AND YET I SAY UNTO YOU THAT SOLOMON IN ALL HIS GLORY WAS NOT ARRAYED LIKE ONE OF THESE. They end with an abbreviated Latin dedicatory inscription which reads, in translation, "To Theodosia, sweetest of wives, Charles Douglas Northampton erected this, begun in hope, finished in despair 1865" (The 3rd Marchioness had died in the previous November). The balustrading is approximately 1.5 metres high and is punctuated by piers bearing urns, with taller more elaborate piers every 3 or four bays with volutes and garlands and garlanded urns. "Bastion" to north-east outer corner has ornamental terracotta well and wrought-iron well-head. Flights of steps connect the various levels and lead out into the park. At north end of outer terrace is a pair of limestone piers and gates at foot of walk leading down from water tower (q.v.). Piers have moulded plinths and cornices and small pineapple finials on moulded tapering plinth fine wrought-iron gates. Terraces formerly had elaborate "parterres de broderie". Terrace to north-east has large central ornamental terracotta urn. Middle terrace to east of house has pair of terracotta fountains. Lower terrace to east of house has larger central formal pond with terracotta kerb and large marble tazza fountain bowl. (Castle Ashby park and gardens are included in HBMC Register of Parks and Gardens for Northamptonshire at Grade I) (Buildings of England: Northamptonshire: 1973, p144)

Listing NGR: SP8639459225

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, (1973), 144
Other
Part 30 Northamptonshire,

National Grid Reference: SP 86394 59225

Map


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