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Grotto at Former Hagley Hall (Ngr0395 1800), Rugeley

Description: Grotto at Former Hagley Hall (Ngr0395 1800)

Grade: II
Date Listed: 5 July 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 271276

OS Grid Reference: SK0395517996
OS Grid Coordinates: 403955, 317996
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7596, -1.9428

Location: Heritage Trail, Rugeley WS15 2AN

Locality: Rugeley
Local Authority: Cannock Chase District Council
County: Staffordshire
Country: England
Postcode: WS15 2AN

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added:


3/58 Grotto at Former
Hagley Hall (NGR0395 1800)


Grotto. Circa late C18. Carved from red sandstone bedrock with
seams of gravel. A series of interconnected underground chambers.
A plain roughcast arched portal in a steep bank, leads to an
aisled antechurch with groin vaults, at the end of which is a
rotunda (a circular chamber) with a colonnade of 6 Tuscan columns
with plain capitals and abaci supporting an entablature and saucer
shaped dome. At north end of antechurch a vaulted passage turns
north, with small saucer-shaped dome over corner, into antechamber
with arcaded walls, cornice and hipped ceiling. From the ante-
chamber a tunnel-vaulted passage to the basilica with 3-bay aisle
arcades with large square piers, plain capitals and round arches
and groin vaults to nave and aisles. At north (liturgical east)
end of nave a round-headed apse (large niche) with pedestal-type
alter. From the antechamber an inclined passage leads up to the

Note: James Wyatt designed an octagonal drawing room in 1771 for
Assheton Curzon of Hagley Hall (house demolished circa 1932).

Source: H. Colvin. Biographical Dictionary of British Architects
1600 - 1840.

Listing NGR: SK0395517996

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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