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The Grotto, the Tomb, and the Tunnel at Ashridge Management College (100 Metres to South of the Chap, Little Gaddesden

Description: The Grotto, the Tomb, and the Tunnel at Ashridge Management College (100 Metres to South of the Chap

Grade: II
Date Listed: 2 December 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 157705

OS Grid Reference: SP9933112056
OS Grid Coordinates: 499331, 212056
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7983, -0.5610

Location: Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire HP4 1NP

Locality: Little Gaddesden
Local Authority: Dacorum Borough Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: HP4 1NP

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Listing Text

SP 91 SE (East side)

1/174 The Grotto, The Tomb,
- and the Tunnel at
Ashridge Management
College (100m to S of
the Chapel)


Grotto garden, tomb, and tunnel. 1851 by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt
(following plans by Humphrey Repton c.1813) for Lady Marian Alford.
Puddingstone ampitheatre, flint domed tomb and tunnel with iron
armatures. A large irregular ampitheatre lined with puddingstone rocks
and with a small pool, all formed in the basin of a former pond. A long
tunnel about 2m wide and 2.5m high gives access from E where there is
more puddingstone around the portal with a wrought iron gate. Heavy
wooden door at grotto end beside a large domed chamber now containing
the grave of Duke a favourite horse that died in 1857. Both tunnel and
chamber have an iron framework with hooks to hold flints forming ribs
and panels. At the time of construction the tunnel followed the county
boundary of Herts and Bucks subsequently changed to allow house and
chapel to be in the same county. (Kay N. Sanecki The Garden at Ashridge
(1975) Ashridge Management College).

Listing NGR: SP9933112056

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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