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Latitude: 52.105 / 52°6'18"N
Longitude: 1.1197 / 1°7'10"E
OS Eastings: 613741
OS Northings: 249777
OS Grid: TM137497
Mapcode National: GBR TM2.V7P
Mapcode Global: VHLBL.CC84
Entry Name: Garden Walls, Towers and Grotto About 100 Metres South South West of the Old Rectory
Listing Date: 25 January 1993
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1262545
English Heritage Legacy ID: 434326
Location: Claydon, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP6
District: Mid Suffolk
Civil Parish: Claydon
Built-Up Area: Claydon
Traditional County: Suffolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk
Church of England Parish: Claydon and Barham St Mary and St Peter
Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich
The following building shall be added to the list:-
TM 14 NW
Garden walls, towers and
7/10000 grotto about 100m SSW of
The Old Rectory
Garden walls, towers and grotto. Circa mid C19 for the Rev George
Drury. Flint and brick with stone dressings; plain tile pyramidal
tower roofs. High walls around an approximately rectangular
garden enclosure, projecting on the NE corner and with a tower
on the SE corner, another tower and polygonal spur-wall on the
NW corner and an underground grotto (now filled in) immediately
to the SW. The walls have buttresses and a polygonal turret on
the SW corner; the east wall has a moulded 4-centre arch doorway
with flanking buttress and ball finials on the raised parapet
above; doorway on S side has hoodmould and moulded pointed arch
doorway in NW spur-wall with flanking depressed 2-centred arches.
The towers have long-and-short quoins, the NW with Saxon-type
window and pigeon holes under eaves, the taller SE tower has
mullion transom window and band of flint and stone chequerwork
under eaves and wrought iron weathervane at apex of roof. Inner
sides of the garden walls are partly faced in random brick on
edge. Shaped tile coping. The underground grotto to the SW is
lined in shellwork and appears to be earlier than 1850 (Pevsner).
Some of the material is said to have come from the transepts and
chancel (demolished 1852) of Claydon church.
Note: Drury was a Tractarian. He reputedly built the garden as
a Biblical allegory.
Source: Buildings of England p170.
Listing NGR: TM1374149777
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