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Shell Grotto Approximately 45 Metres North West of St Audries School, West Quantoxhead

Description: Shell Grotto Approximately 45 Metres North West of St Audries School

Grade: II
Date Listed: 16 November 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 265275

OS Grid Reference: ST1104842390
OS Grid Coordinates: 311048, 142390
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1738, -3.2738

Location: West Quantoxhead, Somerset TA4 4DS

Locality: West Quantoxhead
Local Authority: West Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA4 4DS

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Listing Text


309/5/213 Shell Grotto, approx 45 metres
North West of St. Audries School



Grotto. Circa 1830s or 1840s; possibly by Richard Carver of Taunton. Random rubble of assorted local stones and inset ammonites, almost completely obscurred by ivy at time of survey(August 1983). Roughly oval in plan, entrance on East front, lit West and South fronts. Pointed arched windows with damaged tracery, externally completely obscurred by ivy, entrance reached up irregular flight of 4 steps, past ledge serving as a seat to left of entrance, patterned pebble threshhold similar to one inside grotto, pointed arched doorway with octagonal diamond and divided tracery, probably mid C19. Interior only partially viewed -
appears to contain cross-vaulted ceiling with central pendent and subsiduary ones, some terminating in shells. Walls encrusted with shells, including those not found in local waters, also ammonities and mineral samples. Patterned
pebble floor. In generally poor condition at time of survey.

Listing NGR: ST1104842390

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Source: English Heritage

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