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Grotto 250 Metres South East of St Giles House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset

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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

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1120131

English Heritage Legacy ID: 107446

Location: Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset, Dorset, BH21

County: Dorset

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

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Listing Text


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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