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Grotto Approximately 85 Metres South of Goldney House

A Grade I Listed Building in Bristol, City of Bristol

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Latitude: 51.452 / 51°27'7"N

Longitude: -2.6138 / 2°36'49"W

OS Eastings: 357441

OS Northings: 172736

OS Grid: ST574727

Mapcode National: GBR C3L.VB

Mapcode Global: VH88M.NR0R

Entry Name: Grotto Approximately 85 Metres South of Goldney House

Listing Date: 8 January 1959

Last Amended: 30 December 1994

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1202104

English Heritage Legacy ID: 379242

Location: Bristol, BS8

County: City of Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Clifton

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Clifton Holy Trinity with St Andrew the Less and St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Listing Text


901-1/14/787 (South side)
08/01/59 Grotto approximately 85 metres south
of Goldney House
(Formerly Listed as:
(South side)
Grotto at Goldney House)


Grotto. 1737-64, dated 1739. Limestone ashlar, decorated
inside with shells, quartz and rock crystal - 'Bristol
diamonds'. Ashlar entrance has a 2-centred arched doorway with
2-panel door, similar flanking windows with trefoil heads, and
octofoil central window above, all with hoodmoulds with
uncarved stops. INTERIOR: a very fine pillared hall with
fountains, rock pool, statue of Neptune and a Lion's Den.
HISTORICAL NOTE: In 1762-5 Thomas Paty was employed in
"grinding, gooping and laying" tiles in the Grotto at Goldney
House: '...surpasses all the English (grotto) examples in the
imagination and fantasy used in the selection and combination
of shells and stones' (Gomme).
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 163; The Buildings of England:
Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 447;
Colvin H: A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects
1600-1840: London: 1978-: 626).

Listing NGR: ST5744172736

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