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Grotto at Maesfron

A Grade II* Listed Building in Trewern, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6957 / 52°41'44"N

Longitude: -3.065 / 3°3'54"W

OS Eastings: 328118

OS Northings: 311427

OS Grid: SJ281114

Mapcode National: GBR B3.3B2G

Mapcode Global: WH79J.WHMQ

Entry Name: Grotto at Maesfron

Listing Date: 24 January 1995

Last Amended: 24 January 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15641

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Situated in the landscaped gardens to the south-east of Maesfron house. Built into the steep bank south of the gazebo.

County: Powys

Community: Trewern (Tre-wern)

Community: Trewern

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History

Built c1830-50 for Francis Allen as a feature in the grounds associated with his Regency villa.

Exterior

Grotto comprising a quartzite facade wall carried over a narrow opening by a half brick arch, the entrance comprising rebated stone jambs carrying a cut stone ogee arch.

Interior

Circular interior with decorative pebble floor, and quartzite/calcite faced walls carrying a saucer dome faced with cockle, mussel, oyster etc. shells, and glazed pottery. Shallow wall decorative features, including recessed triangle and Maltese cross patterns.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as a scarce example of a C19 grotto that retains its shellwork and as an important element of the landscape garden of Maesfron.

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