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Grottoes on East Side of Fonthill Lake, South of the Landing Stage

A Grade II Listed Building in Tisbury, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.0813 / 51°4'52"N

Longitude: -2.0914 / 2°5'28"W

OS Eastings: 393695

OS Northings: 131330

OS Grid: ST936313

Mapcode National: GBR 2Y6.02Z

Mapcode Global: FRA 66H8.C1W

Plus Code: 9C3V3WJ5+GF

Entry Name: Grottoes on East Side of Fonthill Lake, South of the Landing Stage

Listing Date: 6 January 1966

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1146024

English Heritage Legacy ID: 321012

Location: Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Tisbury

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Tisbury St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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1/223 Grottoes on east side of Fonthill
Lake, south of the Landing Stage

Grottoes. Circa 1790, probably by Josiah Lane of Tisbury, for
William Beckford. Limestone. Two main groups of grotto, the
lower group on the edge of the lake with a low entrance partly
under water and several higher entrances from the bank; rocky
structure with niches at different levels and tunnels between the
entrances to large central chamber with former cascade to rear. A
second group of grottoes higher up the bank have several entrances
at different levels to rocky tunnels and central chamber with ovoid
ashlar-lined bowl, probably originally to hold a reservoir to
supply the cascade of the lower grotto. Josiah Lane of Tisbury
was an important builder of grottoes for country estates in
Wiltshire, also see the grotto at Wardour (q.v.) and at Stourhead

Listing NGR: ST9369531330

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