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Grand Stairs and Grotto, 50 Metres West of Shrubland Hall, Barham

Description: Grand Stairs and Grotto, 50 Metres West of Shrubland Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 279218

OS Grid Reference: TM1256152523
OS Grid Coordinates: 612561, 252523
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1301, 1.1042

Location: Barham, Suffolk IP6 0QY

Locality: Barham
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP6 0QY

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Listing Text

TM 15 SW
3/25 Grand stairs and Grotto,
50m west of Shrubland
9.12.55 Hall.
- II*
Staircase leading down from The Balcony Garden to the Lower Panel Garden.
C.1850; a part of the landscaping works by Sir Charles Barry for Sir W.F.
Middleton, Bart. White limestone, modelled upon gardens at the Villa D'Este,
Tivoli, Italy. The main body of the stairs is in 4 straight flights; at the
head of each flight is a bay on either side, and the open balustrading with
turned balusters here bears a pair of vases. Beside each flight is a stone-
lined channel whose outer wall has piers with terracotta urns. At the foot of
the fourth flight the stairs divide into two geometric flights, the
balustrading terminating at swag-enriched urns on drum plinths. A balcony at
the head of the lowest flights has a grotto formed at its base: the rusticated
walling has an arched opening with a mask-carved keystone and a flanking pair
of sunk panels with swags. From the orifice a stream is designed to flow over
natural rocks into a pool. There are in all 115 steps, but the feature is
known colloquially as "The 100 Steps". A major feature of what is widely
considered to be the finest large C19 garden in Suffolk. The lower part of
the stair-case is in the Parish of Coddenham.

Listing NGR: TM1256152523

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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