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Description: The Shell House Approximately 550 Metres to South of Acton Burnell Hall
Date Listed: 14 May 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 259672
OS Grid Reference: SJ5347101432
OS Grid Coordinates: 353471, 301432
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6087, -2.6885
ACTON BURNELL C.P. ACTON BURNELL PARK
SJ 50 SW
SJ 5345 0142
6/20 The Shell House approx.
- 550 metres to south of
Acton Burnell Hall
Grotto. Said to be circa 1750. Rustic coursed and squared sandstone
with domed roof. Octagonal plan. Pairs of rectangular windows flanking
doorway to north-west. Interior: the upper parts of the walls and the
dome are covered with shells in a radial design with a central boss,
and shell patterns and pictures in the panels; there are Chinese-type
glazed picture tiles on the lower part of the walls and there was
formerly a continuous bench around the walls,and a central table, the
base of which survives. The grotto stands on the north-western slopes
of Acton Burnell Hill within the park of Acton Burnell Hall. Barbara
Jones, Follies and Grottos, Constable, 1953, Pp. 169 and 379.
Listing NGR: SJ5347101432
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Source: English Heritage
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