Friday, 7 August 2015

Chatsworth House.................................................................. the garden cascade

Chatsworth House has a wonderful cascade in the gardens.

The original cascade was designed by Monsieur Grillet a French hydraulics engineer with experience in decorative waterworks for Louis XIV of France.

It took two years to build and was completed in 1696.
This preceded the Cascade which exists today and was a shorter and and in some ways a more complicated affair.

The Cascade House was built at its summit to designs by Thomas Archer.

The remodelling was largely completed by 1708 and work on the supply pond to the Cascade Pond which lies a little higher up the hill continued until 1712.

The building continued the established tradition of using water in amusing ways to surprise and delight visitors one of whom in 1725 reported how jets within the building.
‘throw up several stream and wett people"
(the spouts in the floor are still there)

The new Cascade is nearly twice the length and substantially wider than the original.
Chatsworth House is a wonderful place to visit.

Our World Tuesday


The Furry Gnome said...

Wonderful place! But when we were there, there must have been a thousand people up and down (and in) the cascade, dozens of families out for the day all gathering to watch the water run down.

Anonymous said...

great photos....I just watched a cool movie with Kate Winslet about water fountains and Louis XIV...

Cezar and Léia said...

Hi Andrew
This place is fabulous!
Love your pictures!

Margaret Adamson said...

These re fabulous images of a wonderful place to visit. Have a lovely weekend.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Love that water feature. Sadly I don't have the room at my place though.

Fun60 said...

I agree with you, Chatsworth is a beautiful place.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, such a lovely place indeed, Andrew!! I do love the water feature!! Wonderful captures for the day and thank you, as always, for sharing the beauty!! Have a great new week!!

Patti B said...

Your photos make me want to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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