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Bone Cave Entrance

A Grade II Listed Building in Banwell, North Somerset

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Latitude: 51.325 / 51°19'30"N

Longitude: -2.8882 / 2°53'17"W

OS Eastings: 338204

OS Northings: 158812

OS Grid: ST382588

Mapcode National: GBR JB.WVL2

Mapcode Global: VH7CL.WYGL

Entry Name: Bone Cave Entrance

Listing Date: 17 January 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1320655

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33340

Location: Banwell, North Somerset, BS29

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Banwell

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


4/2 Bone Cave entrance


Picturesque garden feature. Early C19. Unworked stone, brick grotto and high
walled path leading to arched and decorated entrance to cave. A part retaining
wall of random rubble pierced by 2 low pointed arches to right, 1 larger raised
above wall height to left; wall pierced with small round headed niches at
regular intervals; behind 2 arches to right is a semicircular grotto with
5 plastered niches and a flat brick ceiling; a tooled stone, lozenge shaped
table stands in the centre on a random rubble upright; a pyramidal cap surmounts
the grotto entrance, a small marble plaque bears the text: "Here, where once
druids trod in time of yore/And stain'd their altars with a victim's gore/ Here
now the christian ransom'd from above/Adores a god of mercy and of love.'
Behind arch to left a path between 1.5 metre walls swings right, a large niche on
each side, to round arched entrance; within, a final stone arch bears a (barely
legible) plaque with the legend -/B/R/1804; below the arch is an arched pair of
whale bones. One of an extensive set of picturesque estate features erected by
the antiquarian Bishop Law of Bath and Wells on his Banwell estate.

Listing NGR: ST3820458812

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