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Latitude: 50.9023 / 50°54'8"N
Longitude: -1.9523 / 1°57'8"W
OS Eastings: 403448
OS Northings: 111422
OS Grid: SU034114
Mapcode National: GBR 41T.C7H
Mapcode Global: FRA 66SQ.C7L
Entry Name: Grotto 250 Metres South East of St Giles House
Listing Date: 3 April 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1120131
English Heritage Legacy ID: 107446
Location: Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset, Dorset, BH21
District: East Dorset
Civil Parish: Wimborne St. Giles
Traditional County: Dorset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset
Church of England Parish: Wimborne St Giles
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
WIMBORNE ST GILES
SU 0311 ST GILES HOUSE
13/111 Grotto 250m south-east
of St Giles House
Grotto, 1750s by Castles of Marylebone. Flint and rubble with tiled and
slated roof. Overgrown and in a state of dereliction so that much of
the structure is hidden. Positioned so that the structure appears to
be the source of a spring feeding the ornamental lake. Three rounded
arches, the central one leading into the main grotto and the outer ones
leading into subsidiary compartments. The main grotto which cannot now
be easily entered has walls lined with shells, fossils, coral and stone
mounted on a lathe and plaster vault, partially collapsed. It consists
of 2 chambers the innermost of which is said to contain a C19 tiled floor
and fireplace. The subsidiary compartments contain flints suspended from
iron hooks. Main grotto has a plank door. An important example of this
type of grotto but now in a state of considerable disrepair. (RCHM, Dorset,
vol V, p 97, no. 6. Newman, J and Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England:
Dorset, 1972, p 473. Jones, B, Follies and Grottoes, 1953, p 47-9).
Listing NGR: SU0344811422
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