Building record 0446503015 - THE CASCADE, WEST WYCOMBE

Summary

Eighteenth century ornamental waterfall in West Wycombe Park with twentieth century alterations

Protected Status/Designation

  • Listed Building (II)
  • Listed Building (II) 1332415: THE CASCADE WEST WYCOMBE PARK

Map

Type and Period (1)

  • CASCADE (18th Century to Modern - 1700 AD to 1945 AD)

Description

GRADE II. C18 WITH C20 ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS. A PRINT OF 1757 SHOWS A TRIPLE CASCADE UNDER AN ARCH OF ARTIFICIAL ROCKS. NOW WITH 5 SEGMENTAL BRICK ARCHES FLINT FACED WITH KEYSTONES, BRICK BANDS, ASHLAR COPINGS. 2 C20 PEDESTALS EITHER SIDE WITH RECLINING FEMALE FIGURES IN FIBRE GLASS IMITATING LEAD (B9).
The present-day cascade is far less monumental than the original structure which comprised a “rusticated arch flanked by huge piles of rocks, framing a series of steps and basins and containing a reclining lead figure of Neptune”. The modest structure that can be seen today comprising twin piers either side of a tiered cascade was constructed around 1770, and restored in 1969 at which point the lead nymphs on each pier were replaced with fibreglass copies (B24).

Sources (17)

  • ---SBC17191 Aerial Photograph: Aerofilms. 1968. Aerofilms oblique AP. SU829945. Yes.
  • ---SBC17552 Aerial Photograph: 26/06/82. BCM A6/16 16A. SU\829949. Yes.
  • ---SBC17554 Aerial Photograph: 26/06/82. BCM A6/16/19. SU\828943. Yes.
  • ---SBC17555 Aerial Photograph: 26/06/82. BCM A6/16/20. SU\828943. Yes.
  • ---SBC17556 Aerial Photograph: 26/06/82. BCM A6/16/21. SU\828943. Yes.
  • <1>SBC7342 Bibliographic reference: LANGLEY T 1797 HISTORY & ANTIQUITIES OF THE HUNDRED OF DESBOROUGH PP414-421.
  • <2>SBC14487 Bibliographic reference: SHEAHAN PP932-933.
  • <3>SBC15481 Bibliographic reference: VCH BUCKS 3 P135.
  • <4>SBC11811 Bibliographic reference: PEVSNER N 1960 BUCKINGHAMSHIRE PP283-287 PL56.
  • <5>SBC10400 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1960. OS 1960 6-INCH MAP. 1:10,560.
  • <6>SBC9890 Bibliographic reference: NATIONAL TRUST 1977 PROPERTIES OF.
  • <7>SBC6117 Bibliographic reference: HARRIS J 1979 THE ARTIST & THE COUNTRY HOUSE: A HISTORY OF COUNTRY HOUSE AND GARDEN VIEW PAINTING 15.
  • <8>SBC10628 Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Field Investigator. OS RECORD CARD.
  • <9>SBC3604 Bibliographic reference: DoE. 1973. LIST OF BUILDINGS OF SPECIAL ARCHITECTURAL OR HISTORIC INTEREST: BUCKINGHAMSHIRE: WYCOMBE DISTRICT: BOROUGH OF HIGH WYCOMBE.
  • <10>SBC4635 Bibliographic reference: ENGLISH HERITAGE 1994 REGISTER OF PARKS & GARDENS OF SPECIAL HISTORIC IN-TEREST IN ENGLAND: PART 4 B.
  • <11>SBC9893 Bibliographic reference: NATIONAL TRUST 1981 WEST WYCOMBE PARK (COPY, FILED).
  • <24>SBC24856 Unpublished document: Oxford Archaeology. 2017. West Wycombe Park Dam: Desk-based Assessment.

Location

Grid reference SU 83234 94382 (point)
Civil Parish HIGH WYCOMBE, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (2)

  • : Desk-based assessment, West Wycombe Park dam (Ref: WEWYDADB) (EBC17905)
  • Event - Survey: Site visit (EBC13570)

Record last edited

May 1 2019 3:41PM

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