Description: Summerhouse and Retaining Wall and Urns to Terrace South of the Conservatory
Date Listed: 3 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 275107
OS Grid Reference: SK0747143338
OS Grid Coordinates: 407471, 343338
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9873, -1.8901
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SK 0643-0743 FARLEY C.P. ALTON PARK
12/112 Summerhouse, and retaining
3/1/67 wall and urns to terrace
south of the conservatory
Formerly listed as "Small
Temple near Greenhouse")
Summerhouse, grotto, wall and urns. Early C19. Ashlar. Circular
summernouse to the east end of the terrace facing west. One storey;
3 open bays with Tuscan columns and pilasters; heavy cornice to moulded
ashlar dome with pineapple finial. The east side has a round-headed
window flanked by Tuscan pilasters. An approximately 250 yard length
of retaining wall is interspersed by panelled piers and is surmounted by
a flat coping and urns, at its east end is a grotto immediately beneath
the summerhouse.Towards the centre is a segmental arched recess, and a
doorway leading to a small chamber beneath the terrace, the western part
of the wall climbs up towards the west in a series of ramped steps.
This item forms part of the important garden layout at Alton Towers (q.v.)
which is included at Grade I on the HBMC Garden Register.
Listing NGR: SK0747143338
Source: English Heritage
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