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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1368717
English Heritage Legacy ID: 248327
Location: Nuneham Courtenay, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX44
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
NUNEHAM COURTENAY NUNEHAM PARK
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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