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Grotto South East of Oldway Mansion

A Grade II Listed Building in Paignton, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.4418 / 50°26'30"N

Longitude: -3.5669 / 3°34'0"W

OS Eastings: 288829

OS Northings: 61388

OS Grid: SX888613

Mapcode National: GBR QT.RM6S

Mapcode Global: FRA 37FW.D77

Entry Name: Grotto South East of Oldway Mansion

Listing Date: 10 March 1988

Last Amended: 25 October 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1195209

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383872

Location: Torbay, TQ3

County: Torbay

Electoral Ward/Division: Preston

Built-Up Area: Paignton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Paignton Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


1947-1/4/107 (West side)
10/03/88 Grotto south-east of Oldway Mansion
(Formerly Listed as:
Grotto in grounds of Oldway Mansion)


Grotto. 1907-1910, contemporary with the remodelling of Oldway
Mansion (qv) for Paris Singer. Grounds laid out by A Duchesne,
the leading French formal landscape architect.
Steel and concrete construction grotto, clad with local grey
limestone slabs; serpentine stream lined with concrete with
heaps of local stone. Rockery above the grotto includes
pitched stone paths.
The grotto consists of irregular caverns overlooking a pond,
fed from a stream that drips water across the cavern openings.
Old list description refers to blocked openings at either end
for a walk through with views out. Some of the planting may be
original. A serpentine stream, crossed by flat stone bridges
leaves the pond and feeds a larger pond with a rockery
Part of the setting of Oldway Mansion and a foil to the more
formal gardens closer to the house. Group value with other
garden items.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London:
1952-1989: 839-40).

Listing NGR: SX8882961388

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