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Hermit's Cell the Root House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Badminton, South Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.5532 / 51°33'11"N

Longitude: -2.2735 / 2°16'24"W

OS Eastings: 381134

OS Northings: 183850

OS Grid: ST811838

Mapcode National: GBR 0NH.G23

Mapcode Global: VH95W.J7Y4

Entry Name: Hermit's Cell the Root House

Listing Date: 10 November 1983

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1320851

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34242

Location: Badminton, South Gloucestershire, GL9

County: South Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Badminton

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Badminton St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text

ST 88 SW

7/33 Hermit's Cell alternatively
known as The Root House

- II*

Park building or rustic folly used as a hermitage. Circa- 1750 by Thomas Wright
of Durham. Constructed of wood with a thatched roof which has overhanging
eaves : 4 large knotty tree trunks at the corners; the walls are infilled with
branches, roots and sawn timber. Single storey small square building with
bowed sides which have 2-light pointed Gothick windows. Pediments to front and
rear, also formed out of tree trunks, with oval windows in the tympanum, formed
out of hollow sections of trunks. At east end is the entrance : the rustic plank
door is framed by irregular inverted fork of a tree. At the rear (west), a
similar inverted fork shelters a rustic seat which has an ogee back with an
inscription of nailheads, which reads: "HERE LOUNGERS LOITER - HERE THE WEARY
REST". Interior: segmental arched niches with pilasters to sides and rear,
lined with bark and moss; ribbed and panelled suspended ceiling constructed of
timber with bark, moss and burr elm covering.
Harris, E., Country Life, 9.IX.71. and Jones, B. Follies and Grottoes, 1953,
revised 1974.

Listing NGR: ST8113483850

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