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Latitude: 51.4309 / 51°25'51"N
Longitude: -3.2706 / 3°16'14"W
OS Eastings: 311764
OS Northings: 170973
OS Grid: ST117709
Mapcode National: GBR HT.P21M
Mapcode Global: VH6FK.899F
Entry Name: Grotto in Wenvoe Castle Park
Listing Date: 21 October 2002
Last Amended: 21 October 2002
Source ID: 26997
Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces
Location: SW of the former castle in a tongue of woodland extending N from Bears Wood, close to the lake.
County: Vale of Glamorgan
Community: Barry (Y Barri)
Locality: Wenvoe Castle Park
Built-Up Area: Barry
Traditional County: Glamorgan
The Park at Wenvoe was largely the creation of Sir Edmund Thomas, third baronet, between 1733 when he inherited the estate and his death in 1767. The most interesting part of this mid C18 park is Bears Wood, laid out in Rococo style with intersecting rides leading to circular clearings, large at centre. In the tongue of the wood at the N end the estate map of 1762 shows a Grotto, serpentine Canal and a Green.
The grotto of stone rubble with roughly dressed quoins, partly covered by an earth mound, consists of a chamber with a rusticated roughly rendered interior, entered through segmental arches at front and back; stone vault.
Listed as a very rare example of this type of C18 park and garden architecture in Wales.
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