The Grotto, Wanstead Park E11 - Redbridge

Ruined grotto boathouse of circa 1762. It consists of a large honeycomb rockwork facade of segmental plan with several arches at lake level, and window openings above. The area is fenced off from public access. The grotto has been managed as a ruin for many decades and has had a number of different repair interventions. However, there are areas of mortar failure and further loss of rockwork, and self-sown vegetation threatens to cause further instability. The City of London commissioned a survey in 2017 and the works identified are now being carried out.

The Grotto, Wanstead Park E11 - Redbridge
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: THE GROTTO
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II
  • List Entry Number: 1183624
  • Local Planning Authority: Redbridge
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Garden building


  • Building Name: The Grotto
  • Postcode: E11
  • County: Greater London
  • District / Borough: Redbridge
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Leyton and Wanstead
  • Region: London

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: F - Repair scheme in progress and (where applicable) end use or user identified; or functionally redundant buildings with new use agreed but not yet implemented.
  • Ownership: Local authority
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II, RPG grade II*, CA

Contact Details

Bruce Edgar 0208 708 2013

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England