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Description: Grotto 250 Metres South East of St Giles House
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
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WIMBORNE ST GILES
SU 0311 ST GILES HOUSE
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
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