Description: Grotto and Rockery Approximately 40 Metres South of Temple of Flora
Date Listed: 19 August 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 248327
OS Grid Reference: SU5420898168
OS Grid Coordinates: 454208, 198168
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6797, -1.2174
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NUNEHAM COURTENAY NUNEHAM PARK
12/90 Grotto and rockery approx.
40m. S of Temple of Flora
Grotto and rockery. c.1771, rockery extended probably early C19. Limestone and
composition boulders with some brick. Exterior resembles a rocky cliff, and has
a central entrance leading to the grotto, a ravine to right ending in a tunnel,
and an extensive rockery to left ascended by a narrow serpentine flight of stone
steps. To right of the grotto entrance is a small marble plaque with an
inscription from Milton. Interior: the grotto has a saucer dome of rough
stonework; the tunnel has a brick vault. The grotto was originally larger and
included a hand-operated cascade. It formed part of the innovative flower garden
designed by the Reverend William Mason, author of "The English Flower Garden",
for Lord Nuneham, afterwards the 2nd Earl Harcourt.
(Nuneham Park is included in the HBNC County Register of Gardens at Grade I;
V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V, p.234; M. Batey, Nuneham Courtenay, 1970, p.27).
Listing NGR: SU5420898168
Source: English Heritage
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