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Description: The Grotto at Bowden Park
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
LACOCK BOWDEN HILL
ST 96 NW
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
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Source: English Heritage
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