Undoubtedly the majestic Water Terraces on the west front are a major part of the 9th Duke’s outstanding legacy to the Palace. A remarkable 20th century achievement, they have been compared to  the Parterre d’Eau at Versailles. The Duke took his inspiration from Bernini whose river-gods fountain, now on the lower terrace, is a scale model of the original in Rome’s Piazza Navona.*

In 1929 when the work was virtually complete, the 9th Duke wrote: “Pray tell Monsieur Duchene that the ensemble of the terraces is magnificent and in my judgement far superior to the work done by Le Notre at Versailles. The proportion of the house, the terrace and the lake is perfect.”*




I shall finish with a picture from my previous visit to Blenheim, which was in 2004.  It was taken from the top of the slope in the picture above, looking back down on the water terrace. Where do all those years go?


*From the Blenheim Palace guidebook printed 2014

8 Comments CherryPie on Jun 3rd 2015

8 Responses to “Blenheim – The Water Terraces”

  1. Amfortas says:

    Our world is replete with the products of the very wealthy; those who have (quite often, if not mostly) gained their wealth on the backs of others, and spent it as they deemed fit. The ‘political’ arguements rage about ‘unfairness’ and ‘equality’, and most often overlook the legacy which we have inherited. And what a legacy it is.

    • CherryPie says:

      It makes you wonder what those not accustomed to wealth would spend the money on and what would be left of it in years to come.

      These days the wealthy land owners still need the help of others to keep the properties in good order and they often try to give something back to the community in some way. This gives benefit for all (in theory at least).

      The legacy we have inherited also provides a rich history book for all to appreciate if they know how to look.

  2. lisl says:

    Good to see a picture of you, Cherie – you look very like this now

  3. Same pond, but your reflection has changed a bit. ;)

  4. Now that is a water garden…simply fabulous as is your wonderful picture Cherie!