29 Sep 2016 02:47 PM

Visitors to Witley Court and Gardens in Worcestershire will be offered a once-in-a-generation chance to see the historic Perseus and Andromeda fountain up close from this weekend.

A temporary platform will be in place from 1 October until 28 November as part of works to clean and repair its delicate stonework.

Visitors will be given the opportunity to watch experienced stone masons and conservators carry out intricate masonry repairs, and clean the fountain's Portland Stone. The most delicate part of the works will see the replacement of Andromeda's arm, which sadly suffered weather damage late last year.

Inspired by Greek mythology, the fountain features Perseus riding a winged horse and spearing a sea monster which threatens to devour Andromeda. Designed by James Forsyth in Portland Stone and featuring 120 jets hidden among sculptures of shells, sea nymphs and dolphins, the fountain will be fully restored by April 2017.RETURNING THE FOUNTAIN TO ITS BEAUTIFUL BEST

Jenny Hatton, Site Manager at Witley Court & Gardens, said: "We are delighted that work is under way to return the Perseus and Andromeda Fountain to its beautiful best, and it is especially great to be able to give our visitors a once-in-a-generation opportunity to share in this process with us. Join us to witness the conservation of this important landmark in action."

Witley Court is open from 10am - 5pm every day until 31 October, then weekends only 10am - 4pm from 1 November.