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 Heritage Lottery Fund, and 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
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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

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: F
  • Ownership: Educational (independent)
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, RPG grade II, CA

Contact Details

Elizabeth Whitbourn 07889 808145

Next steps

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