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The Grotto at Bowden Park, Lacock

Description: The Grotto at Bowden Park

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 January 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 315448

OS Grid Reference: ST9380368096
OS Grid Coordinates: 393803, 168096
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4119, -2.0905

Location: Lacock, Wiltshire SN15 2QH

Locality: Lacock
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SN15 2QH

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Listing Text

ST 96 NW
(north side)
3/15 The Grotto at Bowden Park

Grotto and summerhouse, c1800, cyclopean ironstone random rocks
with stone slate concealed roof. Centre circular summerhouse with
3-sided canted front of cyclopean masonry flanked by wings of
rockwork incorporating various small grottoes, the right wing
having the entry to a serpentine tunnel emerging behind.
Summerhouse has 3 pointed-arched doorways with lattice glazed
double-doors and Y-tracery overlights.
Interior has unusually elaborate and complete grotto-work; tufa,
fossil and shell lined walls and vault, the vault also with
pendants treated as stalactites. Patterned tile floor. The
stonework has similarities to the cascade at Bowood House of 1785-7
by Hon C. Hamilton, built by J. Lane of Tisbury (see Calne Without

Listing NGR: ST9380368096

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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