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Grotto 250 Metres South East of St Giles House, Wimborne St Giles

Description: Grotto 250 Metres South East of St Giles House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 3 April 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 107446

OS Grid Reference: SU0344811422
OS Grid Coordinates: 403448, 111422
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9023, -1.9523

Location: Wimborne St Giles, Dorset BH21 5NA

Locality: Wimborne St Giles
Local Authority: East Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: BH21 5NA

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Listing Text


13/111 Grotto 250m south-east
of St Giles House


Grotto, 1750s by Castles of Marylebone. Flint and rubble with tiled and
slated roof. Overgrown and in a state of dereliction so that much of
the structure is hidden. Positioned so that the structure appears to
be the source of a spring feeding the ornamental lake. Three rounded
arches, the central one leading into the main grotto and the outer ones
leading into subsidiary compartments. The main grotto which cannot now
be easily entered has walls lined with shells, fossils, coral and stone
mounted on a lathe and plaster vault, partially collapsed. It consists
of 2 chambers the innermost of which is said to contain a C19 tiled floor
and fireplace. The subsidiary compartments contain flints suspended from
iron hooks. Main grotto has a plank door. An important example of this
type of grotto but now in a state of considerable disrepair. (RCHM, Dorset,
vol V, p 97, no. 6. Newman, J and Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England:
Dorset, 1972, p 473. Jones, B, Follies and Grottoes, 1953, p 47-9).

Listing NGR: SU0344811422

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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