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Pope's Grotto in Grounds of St Catherine's High School

A Grade II* Listed Building in Richmond upon Thames, London

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Latitude: 51.4422 / 51°26'32"N

Longitude: -0.3319 / 0°19'54"W

OS Eastings: 516029

OS Northings: 172791

OS Grid: TQ160727

Mapcode National: GBR 6C.YVC

Mapcode Global: VHGR8.60DQ

Entry Name: Pope's Grotto in Grounds of St Catherine's High School

Listing Date: 2 September 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1192178

English Heritage Legacy ID: 205295

Location: Richmond upon Thames, London, TW1

County: London

District: Richmond upon Thames

Electoral Ward/Division: South Twickenham

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Richmond upon Thames

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Holy Trinity Twickenham

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

In the entry for CROSS DEEP
22/2 (east side)

Pope's Grotto in grounds
of St Catherine's High School
The grade shall be amended to II*


(east side)
Pope's Grotto in grounds
of St Catherine's High School
TQ 1672 22/2 2.9.52


Grotto with rusticated arched entrance facing river, and running under the road to
what was part of Pope's Estate on the other side and is now the school playing fields
(passage lengthened when road widened C19-C20). Long passage with 2 "chapels" one on
either side of entrance. Lined with cement in which are set rooks, stones, stalactites
(said to have come from Wookey Hole in Somerset) etc. and the cement worked to intimate
rough rocks. There are a few bits of sculpture (statues, etc not good) in the "chapels"
The decorations which lined the grotto have long since gone and the grotto is dark and
gloomy though dry. The whole is well looked after and preserved by the Sisters. The
school and convent stand on the site of Pope's House above the entrance to the Grotto.
(Also a smaller grotto in the grounds probably of similar origin.) '

Listing NGR: TQ1602972791

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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