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 has provided advice to the Local Authority and freeholders as to interim works required prior to full conservation.

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 and South East

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