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IoE Number: 379242
Location: GROTTO APPROXIMATELY 85 METRES SOUTH OF GOLDNEY HOUSE, CLIFTON HILL
  BRISTOL, BRISTOL, BRISTOL
Photographer: N/A
Date Photographed: N/A
Date listed: 08 January 1959
Date of last amendment: 30 December 1994
Grade I

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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).

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