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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
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.
Community: Trewern (Tre-wern)
Traditional County: Montgomeryshire
Built c1830-50 for Francis Allen as a feature in the grounds associated with his Regency villa.
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.
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.
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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