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Covered and Vaulted Passages and 4 Underground Chambers West of Westrop House, Highworth

Description: Covered and Vaulted Passages and 4 Underground Chambers West of Westrop House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 20 September 1979
English Heritage Building ID: 318367

OS Grid Reference: SU1988892384
OS Grid Coordinates: 419888, 192384
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6299, -1.7141

Locality: Highworth
County: Swindon
Country: England
Postcode: SN6 7BL

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Listing Text

(north side)
Covered and vaulted
passages and 4 underground
chambers west of
Westrop House
SU 1992 SE 18/256


Circa 1818. Wilt for William Crowdy Lord of the Manor. Stone passages starting
in yard to west of No 24 and in garden of Westrop House. Painted brick barrel
From the garden of Westrop House an ice house and garden chamber (formerly
plastered) are reached by curved rock lined passages approached by a double
entrance in a trellis work. Entrances with sponge stone.
From back yard of No 24 a vaulted passage leads in serpentine manner to junction
where one branch continues to former stable yard and another by further curved
approach down to a (possibly) secondary ice house. Third branch blocked.
Vents in vault.
A further chamber - presumably a coal and fuel shed - is entered from backyard
of No 24 close to tunnel entrance. Plain vaulted chamber with coal shute/vent.
Such secretive haunts were no doubt innocent places of amusement to Squire Crowdy
they have since been invested with a wealth of spiritual significance.

Listing NGR: SU1988892384

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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