Description: Hermitage or Grotto at Carshalton House
Date Listed: 16 March 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 206791
OS Grid Reference: TQ2760764379
OS Grid Coordinates: 527607, 164379
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3642, -0.1684
Hermitage or Grotto
at Carshalton House
TQ 2764 SE 20/162 16.3.54.
Early C18, probably before 1721. One storey, ashlar. 1-3-1 openings, the centre
3 in full height projection. The outer openings are open windows with segmental
heads, band surrounds and aprons, the centre ones round-headed open doorways
with square block rustications, and vermiculated pilasters supporting a frieze
and cornice overall. The interior contains passages vaulted in stone.
The Gardens are an important early example, possibly by Charles Bridgeman, of
the landscape style with avenue drive placed off-centre from the house, naturalistic
lake and ornamental buildings. See also Watts' Views of Seats (1783), articles
by Derek R Sherborn in "Country Life" March 4, and May 27 1949; Surrey Archaeological
Collections, etc, and thesis on history of Carshalton House by a Sister of the
Daughters of the Cross.
Listing NGR: TQ2760764379
Source: English Heritage
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