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The Grotto at Bowden Park

A Grade II* Listed Building in Lacock, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.4118 / 51°24'42"N

Longitude: -2.0905 / 2°5'25"W

OS Eastings: 393801

OS Northings: 168094

OS Grid: ST938680

Mapcode National: GBR 2T4.D90

Mapcode Global: VH96K.QS62

Entry Name: The Grotto at Bowden Park

Listing Date: 7 January 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1022134

English Heritage Legacy ID: 315448

Location: Lacock, Wiltshire, SN15

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Lacock

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Lacock with Bowden Hill

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Listing Text

ST 96 NW
(north side)
3/15 The Grotto at Bowden Park

Grotto and summerhouse, c1800, cyclopean ironstone random rocks
with stone slate concealed roof. Centre circular summerhouse with
3-sided canted front of cyclopean masonry flanked by wings of
rockwork incorporating various small grottoes, the right wing
having the entry to a serpentine tunnel emerging behind.
Summerhouse has 3 pointed-arched doorways with lattice glazed
double-doors and Y-tracery overlights.
Interior has unusually elaborate and complete grotto-work; tufa,
fossil and shell lined walls and vault, the vault also with
pendants treated as stalactites. Patterned tile floor. The
stonework has similarities to the cascade at Bowood House of 1785-7
by Hon C. Hamilton, built by J. Lane of Tisbury (see Calne Without

Listing NGR: ST9380168094

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