This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.
SX 45 SE MAKER-WITH-RAME MOUNT EDGCUMBE COUNTRY PARK
7/193 The Shell Seat
23.1.68 GV II
Summer house. Late C18. Rubble structure entirely faced with crystals, rocks and shells, including mica, rough amethyst, ammonites, calcite and quartz crystals, brain corals, conch and ormer shells etc. Semicircular plan, half of a hemispherical vault, with open front, with slate roof. Front has round arch with large block of brain coral forming imitation keystone, front face of vault set with variety of stones and shells at random. The internal vault is divided into 7 radiating bays by strips of ormer shells, forming white stripes, the spaces between faced with red crystals, graded in colouring from deep red at the centre rear to lighter pink at the front; the stonework of the bays is laced with chips of crystal.
The overall effect is of a trompe l'oeil perspective. Along the rear wall is a crystalline-faced bench. The floor is cobbled in a pattern radiating from a circle at the centre front.
Listing NGR: SX4334551282
© Anne Newell. Source: Historic England Archive
This photograph was taken for the Images of England project
People & Organisations
Photographer: Newell, Anne
Rights Holder: Newell, Anne
Rubble, Shell, Slate, Georgian Shell House, Gardens Parks And Urban Spaces, Garden Building, Summerhouse
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