Grotto or shell house in grounds of Thames Eyot, Cross Deep, Twickenham - Richmond upon Thames

Later C18 or early C19 grotto or shell house, altered in the mid-C19, now in the grounds of Thames Eyot, a block of 1930s flats on the bank of the Thames. The grotto is decorated in a precise geometric pattern to resemble a coffered vault which is separated by a deep horizontal band from the more randomly decorated vertical walls. Considerable amounts of the shellwork have been lost or damaged and it is in need of conservation to prevent further deterioration. Historic England, the Local Authority, leaseholders, and the freeholder continue to discuss how to progress the necessary works.

Grotto or shell house in grounds of Thames Eyot, Cross Deep, Twickenham - Richmond upon Thames
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Grotto Or Shell House In The Grounds Of Thames Eyot
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1080812
  • Local Planning Authority: Richmond upon Thames
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Garden building

Location

  • Building Name: Grotto or shell house in grounds of Thames Eyot
  • Street Name: Cross Deep
  • Locality: Twickenham
  • County: Greater London
  • District / Borough: Richmond upon Thames
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Twickenham
  • Region: London

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Private, multiple owners
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, CA

Contact Details

Verena McCaig 020 7973 3718

Next steps

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