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Grotto and Rockery Approximately 40 Metres South of Temple of Flora

A Grade II Listed Building in Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.6799 / 51°40'47"N

Longitude: -1.2176 / 1°13'3"W

OS Eastings: 454193

OS Northings: 198188

OS Grid: SU541981

Mapcode National: GBR 8ZY.QYX

Mapcode Global: VHCY7.V15K

Entry Name: Grotto and Rockery Approximately 40 Metres South of Temple of Flora

Listing Date: 19 August 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1368717

English Heritage Legacy ID: 248327

Location: Nuneham Courtenay, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX44

County: Oxfordshire

District: South Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Nuneham Courtenay

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Marsh Baldon with Toot Baldon and Nuneham Courtenay

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

12/90 Grotto and rockery approx.
40m. S of Temple of Flora


Grotto and rockery. c.1771, rockery extended probably early C19. Limestone and
composition boulders with some brick. Exterior resembles a rocky cliff, and has
a central entrance leading to the grotto, a ravine to right ending in a tunnel,
and an extensive rockery to left ascended by a narrow serpentine flight of stone
steps. To right of the grotto entrance is a small marble plaque with an
inscription from Milton. Interior: the grotto has a saucer dome of rough
stonework; the tunnel has a brick vault. The grotto was originally larger and
included a hand-operated cascade. It formed part of the innovative flower garden
designed by the Reverend William Mason, author of "The English Flower Garden",
for Lord Nuneham, afterwards the 2nd Earl Harcourt.
(Nuneham Park is included in the HBNC County Register of Gardens at Grade I;
V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V, p.234; M. Batey, Nuneham Courtenay, 1970, p.27).

Listing NGR: SU5419398188

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