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Grotto and Ruin in Fawley Court Grounds

A Grade II Listed Building in Fawley, Buckinghamshire

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Latitude: 51.5498 / 51°32'59"N

Longitude: -0.8957 / 0°53'44"W

OS Eastings: 476669

OS Northings: 184010

OS Grid: SU766840

Mapcode National: GBR C4L.VR8

Mapcode Global: VHDWG.F9CS

Entry Name: Grotto and Ruin in Fawley Court Grounds

Listing Date: 21 June 1955

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1125742

English Heritage Legacy ID: 46669

Location: Fawley, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, RG9

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Wycombe

Civil Parish: Fawley

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Fawley

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

SU 78 SE
8/19 Grotto and Ruin in Fawley
Court Grounds

Garden folly in form of ruin with domed grotto. Mid C18, by John
Freeman of Fawley Court. Flint, with some stone dressings, and tiled
roof over dome. W. end has projecting passage with C14 moulded pointed
arch at entrance and roundel with egg and dart moulding above.
Behind passage is a high wall with ruinous outline, incorporating a re-
used 3-light Perpendicular window and 2 moulded stone corbels. Left
side of passage has arched niche; right side has small closet with
remains of arched shelves. Grotto has wide semi-circular arch with
flanking roundels to N. and massive rusticated rectangular doorway of
knapped flint with pediment to S. To left of doorway is a brick arch
with flint imposts and keyblock, to right is a roundel. Interior has
fine dome of flint with ornamental ribs and frieze of knuckle bones.
Entrances now have 1984 metal grills. Folly originally housed part
of John Freeman's collection of the Arundel marbles, including a fragment of the
Pergamon altar.
(G. Tyack, Records of Bucks. Vol. 24 p. 134-5).

Listing NGR: SU7666984010

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