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HER Number:MDV65823
Name:Grotto north of Brittannia Royal Naval College

Summary

Grotto shown on late 19th and 20th century maps, overlooking the River Dart to the north of Brittannia Royal Naval College.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 876 523
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOWNSTAL

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/374

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GROTTO (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Grotto' shown to the north-west of the Naval Establishment.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Small square building shown set back from the south side of the footpath overlooking the River Dart.


Collings, A. G., 2001, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Dartmouth Sewage Treatment Scheme, 8 (Report - Assessment). SDV336229.

A grotto is indicated on an estate map of 1812 and on the 1888 Ordnance Survey map. Modern maps show a structure with no indication of its former function.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.


Brown, J., 2013, Mr Seale's Woods: The Eighteenth Century Landscape of Mount Boone, Dartmouth, 13-17 (Article in Serial). SDV357310.

When the Reverend John Swete visited the gardens in 1792 he described a grotto 'where was a tolerable collection of the common sort of spars - and where was placed, a table sadly daubed with painting, which was not at all in unison.' The Grotto referred to by Swete survives in the woodland, though heavily overgrown. A Seale coat-of-arms survives within.


Baines, C., 2014, Grotto in Mr Seale's Gardens (Personal Comment). SDV357312.

It is not clear if the grotto shown on the late 19th century Ordnance Survey map is the same one described by Swete, as this is not depicted on the tithe map.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336229Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G.. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Dartmouth Sewage Treatment Scheme. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.72. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #97978 ]
SDV357310Article in Serial: Brown, J.. 2013. Mr Seale's Woods: The Eighteenth Century Landscape of Mount Boone, Dartmouth. The Devon Gardens Trust Journal. 3. A4 Paperback + Digital. 13-17.
SDV357312Personal Comment: Baines, C.. 2014. Grotto in Mr Seale's Gardens.

Associated Monuments

MDV108273Part of: Mount Boone Landscaped Park and Gardens (Park/Garden)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 29 2014 2:48PM