GROTTO APPROXIMATELY 85 METRES SOUTH OF GOLDNEY HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1202104

Date first listed: 08-Jan-1959

Date of most recent amendment: 30-Dec-1994

Statutory Address: GROTTO APPROXIMATELY 85 METRES SOUTH OF GOLDNEY HOUSE, CLIFTON HILL

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Location

Statutory Address: GROTTO APPROXIMATELY 85 METRES SOUTH OF GOLDNEY HOUSE, CLIFTON HILL

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: City of Bristol (Unitary Authority)

National Grid Reference: ST 57441 72736

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

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History

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Details

BRISTOL

ST5772NW CLIFTON HILL, Clifton 901-1/14/787 (South side) 08/01/59 Grotto approximately 85 metres south of Goldney House (Formerly Listed as: CLIFTON HILL (South side) Grotto at Goldney House)

GV I

Grotto. 1737-64, dated 1739. Limestone ashlar, decorated inside with shells, quartz and rock crystal - 'Bristol diamonds'. Ashlar entrance has a 2-centred arched doorway with 2-panel door, similar flanking windows with trefoil heads, and octofoil central window above, all with hoodmoulds with uncarved stops. INTERIOR: a very fine pillared hall with fountains, rock pool, statue of Neptune and a Lion's Den. HISTORICAL NOTE: In 1762-5 Thomas Paty was employed in "grinding, gooping and laying" tiles in the Grotto at Goldney House: '...surpasses all the English (grotto) examples in the imagination and fantasy used in the selection and combination of shells and stones' (Gomme). (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 163; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 447; Colvin H: A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840: London: 1978-: 626).

Listing NGR: ST5744172736

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 379242

Legacy System: LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Colvin, H M, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, (1978), 626
Gomme, A H, Jenner, M, Little, B D G, Bristol, An Architectural History, (1979), 163
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, (1958), 447
Other
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic interest in England, Part 1 Avon,

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