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Covered and Vaulted Passages and 4 Underground Chambers West of Westrop House

A Grade II Listed Building in Highworth, Swindon

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Latitude: 51.6299 / 51°37'47"N

Longitude: -1.7141 / 1°42'50"W

OS Eastings: 419888

OS Northings: 192384

OS Grid: SU198923

Mapcode National: GBR 4TK.RG5

Mapcode Global: VHC0Q.79PB

Plus Code: 9C3WJ7HP+X9

Entry Name: Covered and Vaulted Passages and 4 Underground Chambers West of Westrop House

Listing Date: 20 September 1979

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1184694

English Heritage Legacy ID: 318367

Location: Highworth, Swindon, SN6

County: Swindon

Civil Parish: Highworth

Built-Up Area: Highworth

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Highworth with Sevenhampton and Inglesham

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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(north side)
Covered and vaulted
passages and 4 underground
chambers west of
Westrop House
SU 1992 SE 18/256


Circa 1818. Wilt for William Crowdy Lord of the Manor. Stone passages starting
in yard to west of No 24 and in garden of Westrop House. Painted brick barrel
From the garden of Westrop House an ice house and garden chamber (formerly
plastered) are reached by curved rock lined passages approached by a double
entrance in a trellis work. Entrances with sponge stone.
From back yard of No 24 a vaulted passage leads in serpentine manner to junction
where one branch continues to former stable yard and another by further curved
approach down to a (possibly) secondary ice house. Third branch blocked.
Vents in vault.
A further chamber - presumably a coal and fuel shed - is entered from backyard
of No 24 close to tunnel entrance. Plain vaulted chamber with coal shute/vent.
Such secretive haunts were no doubt innocent places of amusement to Squire Crowdy
they have since been invested with a wealth of spiritual significance.

Listing NGR: SU1988892384

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