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GROTTO APPROXIMATELY 85 METRES SOUTH OF GOLDNEY HOUSE

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: GROTTO APPROXIMATELY 85 METRES SOUTH OF GOLDNEY HOUSE

List entry Number: 1202104

Location

GROTTO APPROXIMATELY 85 METRES SOUTH OF GOLDNEY HOUSE, CLIFTON HILL

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

County:

District: City of Bristol

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish:

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 08-Jan-1959

Date of most recent amendment: 30-Dec-1994

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 379242

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List entry Description

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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

Selected 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,

National Grid Reference: ST 57441 72736

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