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Dairy and Grotto

A Grade II* Listed Building in Padstow, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.5431 / 50°32'35"N

Longitude: -4.9464 / 4°56'47"W

OS Eastings: 191333

OS Northings: 75623

OS Grid: SW913756

Mapcode National: GBR ZL.MZXX

Mapcode Global: FRA 07JM.GS0

Entry Name: Dairy and Grotto

Listing Date: 20 May 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1212134

English Heritage Legacy ID: 396531

Location: Padstow, Cornwall, PL28

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Padstow

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Padstow

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text

SW 9075-9175
8/127 Dairy and Grotto


Grotto and dairy. Probably early C19, contemporary with Rev. Charles Prideaux-
Brune's work in the house (qv Prideaux Place). Stone rubble with large boulders and
shells on the west elevation. Slate roof with hipped ends, partly covered with a
tarpaulin. The roof is continued down on the east front, forming a verandah which is
supported on 3 slender iron columns.
Plan: 2 cell plan with an entrance to the east, partly sheltered by a shallow
verandah and a grotto-like elevation to the west. Both entrances lead directly into
an anteroom on the south with the dairy proper, to the north, which is oval on plan.
Gothik style.
Exterior: The dairy and grotto is set at right angles to the stables (qv) and forms
the west end of the stable yard. Single storey. East elevation has an asymmetrical
2-window front, the roof continued over a verandah which is supported on slender iron
columns. Entrance to left of centre with 2-light casement with lattice glazing bars
to left and 4-centred arched window opening to right with stanchions and lattice
glazing bars. The west elevation which opens onto the now much overgrown pleasure
gardens, resembles a grotto, the west wall faced with large boulders and decorated
with shells and a central plaster medallion. There are 2 round arched doorway
openings leading into the anteroom and to the dairy.
Interior: Anteroom has the remains of a coved plaster ceiling which has partly
collapsed. A stove was probably used to scald the cream. The dairy is oval in plan
with curved slate tables, arranged around the edge, supported on Gothik 4-centred
arches and legs decorated with cusped blind tracery and the spandrels with incised
quatrefoils. The tops of the tables have shallow drainage channels which form a
decorative pattern. The chamber is lit by 2 windows on the north and east with 4-
centred arched openings and miniature bucrania carved as stops to the inner labels.
Remains of painted glass to the north window.
Although in a poor state of repair, the dairy retains much of its original Gothick
plasterwork and is a particularly delightful example of its type, epitomizing the
ideals of the Picturesque Movement of the mid and late C18.
Kelly, Francis. HBMC report. Prideaux Place, Padstow,

Listing NGR: SW9137575572

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