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Grotto at Former Hagley Hall (NGR0395 1800)

A Grade II Listed Building in Rugeley, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.7596 / 52°45'34"N

Longitude: -1.9428 / 1°56'34"W

OS Eastings: 403955

OS Northings: 317996

OS Grid: SK039179

Mapcode National: GBR 3B6.TYK

Mapcode Global: WHBF3.4W3T

Plus Code: 9C4WQ354+RV

Entry Name: Grotto at Former Hagley Hall (NGR0395 1800)

Listing Date: 5 July 1972

Last Amended: 16 April 1991

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1060215

English Heritage Legacy ID: 271276

ID on this website: 101060215

Location: Rugeley, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, WS15

County: Staffordshire

District: Cannock Chase

Civil Parish: Rugeley

Built-Up Area: Rugeley

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Brereton and Rugeley

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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3/58 Grotto at Former
Hagley Hall (NGR0395 1800)


Grotto. Circa late C18. Carved from red sandstone bedrock with
seams of gravel. A series of interconnected underground chambers.
A plain roughcast arched portal in a steep bank, leads to an
aisled antechurch with groin vaults, at the end of which is a
rotunda (a circular chamber) with a colonnade of 6 Tuscan columns
with plain capitals and abaci supporting an entablature and saucer
shaped dome. At north end of antechurch a vaulted passage turns
north, with small saucer-shaped dome over corner, into antechamber
with arcaded walls, cornice and hipped ceiling. From the ante-
chamber a tunnel-vaulted passage to the basilica with 3-bay aisle
arcades with large square piers, plain capitals and round arches
and groin vaults to nave and aisles. At north (liturgical east)
end of nave a round-headed apse (large niche) with pedestal-type
alter. From the antechamber an inclined passage leads up to the

Note: James Wyatt designed an octagonal drawing room in 1771 for
Assheton Curzon of Hagley Hall (house demolished circa 1932).

Source: H. Colvin. Biographical Dictionary of British Architects
1600 - 1840.

Listing NGR: SK0395517996

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