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Grand Stairs and Grotto, 50 Metres West of Shrubland Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Barham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.1301 / 52°7'48"N

Longitude: 1.1042 / 1°6'15"E

OS Eastings: 612561

OS Northings: 252523

OS Grid: TM125525

Mapcode National: GBR TLV.HYT

Mapcode Global: VHLBD.3Q2F

Entry Name: Grand Stairs and Grotto, 50 Metres West of Shrubland Hall

Listing Date: 9 December 1955

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1279509

English Heritage Legacy ID: 279218

Location: Barham, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP6

County: Suffolk

District: Mid Suffolk

Civil Parish: Barham

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

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Listing Text

TM 15 SW
3/25 Grand stairs and Grotto,
50m west of Shrubland
9.12.55 Hall.
- II*
Staircase leading down from The Balcony Garden to the Lower Panel Garden.
C.1850; a part of the landscaping works by Sir Charles Barry for Sir W.F.
Middleton, Bart. White limestone, modelled upon gardens at the Villa D'Este,
Tivoli, Italy. The main body of the stairs is in 4 straight flights; at the
head of each flight is a bay on either side, and the open balustrading with
turned balusters here bears a pair of vases. Beside each flight is a stone-
lined channel whose outer wall has piers with terracotta urns. At the foot of
the fourth flight the stairs divide into two geometric flights, the
balustrading terminating at swag-enriched urns on drum plinths. A balcony at
the head of the lowest flights has a grotto formed at its base: the rusticated
walling has an arched opening with a mask-carved keystone and a flanking pair
of sunk panels with swags. From the orifice a stream is designed to flow over
natural rocks into a pool. There are in all 115 steps, but the feature is
known colloquially as "The 100 Steps". A major feature of what is widely
considered to be the finest large C19 garden in Suffolk. The lower part of
the stair-case is in the Parish of Coddenham.

Listing NGR: TM1256152523

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

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