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Grottoes on East Side of Fonthill Lake, South of the Landing Stage, Tisbury

Description: Grottoes on East Side of Fonthill Lake, South of the Landing Stage

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 January 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 321012

OS Grid Reference: ST9369531330
OS Grid Coordinates: 393695, 131330
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0813, -2.0914

Location: Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6PY

Locality: Tisbury
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SP3 6PY

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Listing Text

ST 93 SW (south side)

1/223 Grottoes on east side of Fonthill
Lake, south of the Landing Stage

Grottoes. Circa 1790, probably by Josiah Lane of Tisbury, for
William Beckford. Limestone. Two main groups of grotto, the
lower group on the edge of the lake with a low entrance partly
under water and several higher entrances from the bank; rocky
structure with niches at different levels and tunnels between the
entrances to large central chamber with former cascade to rear. A
second group of grottoes higher up the bank have several entrances
at different levels to rocky tunnels and central chamber with ovoid
ashlar-lined bowl, probably originally to hold a reservoir to
supply the cascade of the lower grotto. Josiah Lane of Tisbury
was an important builder of grottoes for country estates in
Wiltshire, also see the grotto at Wardour (q.v.) and at Stourhead

Listing NGR: ST9369531330

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Source: English Heritage

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