Projects - Parkland Buildings
Rosamund’s Well, Blenheim Palace
Client: Blenheim Palace Heritage Foundation
Listing Status: Scheduled Monument
Construction Value: £50,000
Rosamund’s well, in the Parkland of Blenheim Palace, is believed to have been originally built by King Henry II for his mistress, Fair Rosamund Clifford, to bathe in.
The structure has a stone wall with a slight curved form, a canted stone plinth that accommodates the water outlet of the well which is connected to the stone bounded water pool in front of the well.
The works involved the stabilisation and restoration of the back wall as it suffered from water penetration and plant growth damage. Repairs included stonework repairs and replacements, carefully dismantling and rebuilding parts of the wall, mortar pointing and recapping the wall with lime mortar and refurbishing the metal grille to the well.
The stonework includes historic graffiti from the 17th to the 19th Century, which was treated carefully and not damaged.