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Latitude: 51.7982 / 51°47'53"N
Longitude: -0.5602 / 0°33'36"W
OS Eastings: 499380
OS Northings: 212036
OS Grid: SP993120
Mapcode National: GBR F4S.95M
Mapcode Global: VHFRY.72PC
Entry Name: The Grotto, the Tomb, and the Tunnel at Ashridge Management College (100 Metres to South of the Chapel)
Listing Date: 2 December 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1174274
English Heritage Legacy ID: 157705
Location: Little Gaddesden, Dacorum, Hertfordshire, HP4
Civil Parish: Little Gaddesden
Traditional County: Hertfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire
Church of England Parish: Great Berkhamsted
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
SP 91 SE,
ASHRIDGE PARK (east side),
The Grotto, The Tomb,and the Tunnel at Ashridge Management College (100m to S of
Grotto garden, tomb, and tunnel. 1851 by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt
(following plans by Humphry Repton c.1813) for Lady Marian Alford.
Puddingstone amphitheatre, flint domed tomb and tunnel with iron
armatures. A large irregular amphitheatre lined with puddingstone rocks
and with a small pool, all formed in the basin of a former pond. A long
tunnel about 2m wide and 2.5m high gives access from E where there is
more puddingstone around the portal with a wrought iron gate. Heavy
wooden door at grotto end beside a large domed chamber now containing
the grave of Duke, a favourite horse that died in 1857. Both tunnel and
chamber have an iron framework with hooks to hold flints forming ribs
and panels. At the time of construction the tunnel followed the county
boundary of Herts and Bucks subsequently changed to allow house and
chapel to be in the same county. (Kay N. Sanecki The Garden at Ashridge
(1975) Ashridge Management College).
Listing NGR: SP9938012036
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