Pope's Grotto in grounds of Radnor House School, Cross Deep (east side), Twickenham - Richmond upon Thames

Grotto with rusticated arched entrance facing the river, with a long passage and two 'chapels', one on either side of the entrance. The grotto is seen as the 'locus classicus' of English C18 garden history. The structural condition is sound, but much of the decorative lining is loose or missing. Conservation and cleaning of the statuary, grant-aided by Historic England, was carried out in 2016. A pilot project on the South Chamber was completed in 2017, funded with a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Discussions are underway to secure funding for the grotto's full conservation.

Pope's Grotto in grounds of Radnor House School, Cross Deep (east side), Twickenham - Richmond upon Thames
© Historic England

Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    POPE's GROTTO IN GROUNDS OF ST CATHERINE's HIGH SCHOOL
    Heritage Category:
    Listed Building grade II*
    List Entry Number:
    1192178
    Local Planning Authority:
    Richmond upon Thames
    Site Type:
    Gardens parks and urban spaces > Garden building

Location

    Building Name:
    Pope's Grotto in grounds of Radnor House School
    Street Name:
    Cross Deep (east side)
    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:
    Fair
    Occupancy / Use:
    Not applicable
    Priority:
    D - Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented
    Previous Priority:
    D
    Ownership:
    Educational (independent)
    Designation:
    Listed Building grade II*, RPG grade II, CA