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Pope's Grotto in Grounds of St Catherine's High School, Richmond upon Thames

Description: Pope's Grotto in Grounds of St Catherine's High School

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 2 September 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 205295

OS Grid Reference: TQ1595672690
OS Grid Coordinates: 515956, 172690
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4413, -0.3330

Location: Cross Deep, Richmond, Greater London TW1 4RB

Locality: Richmond upon Thames
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: TW1 4RB

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Listing Text

In the entry for CROSS DEEP
22/2 (east side)

Pope's Grotto in grounds
of St Catherine's High School
The grade shall be amended to II*


(east side)
Pope's Grotto in grounds
of St Catherine's High School
TQ 1672 22/2 2.9.52


Grotto with rusticated arched entrance facing river, and running under the road to
what was part of Pope's Estate on the other side and is now the school playing fields
(passage lengthened when road widened C19-C20). Long passage with 2 "chapels" one on
either side of entrance. Lined with cement in which are set rooks, stones, stalactites
(said to have come from Wookey Hole in Somerset) etc. and the cement worked to intimate
rough rocks. There are a few bits of sculpture (statues, etc not good) in the "chapels"
The decorations which lined the grotto have long since gone and the grotto is dark and
gloomy though dry. The whole is well looked after and preserved by the Sisters. The
school and convent stand on the site of Pope's House above the entrance to the Grotto.
(Also a smaller grotto in the grounds probably of similar origin.) '

Listing NGR: TQ1595672690

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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