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The Tortoise House, Wotton House, Wotton

Description: The Tortoise House, Wotton House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 7 February 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 290084

OS Grid Reference: TQ1206046921
OS Grid Coordinates: 512060, 146921
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2105, -0.3971

Location: Wotton Dr, Wotton, Surrey RH5 6HS

Locality: Wotton
Local Authority: Mole Valley District Council
County: Surrey
Country: England
Postcode: RH5 6HS

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Listing Text

TQ 14NW Wotton Park

4/121 The Tortoise House
7/2/72 Wotton House


Tortoise house. Circa 1820-30. Portland stone, rubblestone and brick with
wooden superstructure and tiled roof. Rectangular. Two storeys. Ionic garden
temple of four bays by two with three Ionic columns to sides and Ionic pilaster
piers to ends supporting architrave frieze and cornice. Upper storey with open
sides divided into bays by thin wooden piers with attached Corinthian pilasters.
Flat roof over with overhanging eaves. The upper floor of the house appears to
have been used as viewing platform for the tortoises which lived in a pool in
the front of the temple. Now in ruinous and near roofless condition. One of
the items mentioned in the Gardens of Wotton House included in the "Register of
Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England: Part 40 Surrey" at
Grade II*.
PEVSNER: Buildings of England (1971) Surrey p.544.
LUCINDA LAMBTON: Beastly Buildings (1985) P.

Listing NGR: TQ1206046921

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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