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HER Number:MDV79609
Name:Grotto, Fountain and Summerhouse, Knowle Grange

Summary

Early 19th century grotto in the garden of Knowle Grange, including rockery, pool, vase, pedestal and summerhouse.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 120 877
Map Sheet:SY18NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSidmouth
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSIDMOUTH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 402406

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GROTTO (XIX - 1801 AD to 1850 AD (Between))

Full description

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


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

Map object based on this Source.


Child, P., 1999, Grotto and Fountain - Knowle, Sidmouth (Correspondence). SDV346852.

A fine example of this kind of garden architecture.


Keep, C., 1999, Grotto and Fountain - Knowle, Sidmouth (Correspondence). SDV346853.

This feature was in the grounds of Knowle by 1880. It is described in the sale catalogue of that year as "open fernery formed of rocks, grouped with picturesque irregularity, overgrown with ferns, ivy et. And intersected by maze-like paths, which lead to an ornamental grotto, built of rockwork and lined with rock crystals in front of which is a gold-fish pond with fountain." By 1905 Knowle grange had been built across the south-west corner of the estate and the grotto and fountain were within its grounds.


Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

Map object based on this Source.


English Heritage, 2011, Historic Houses Register (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV346128.

Grotto in the garden of Knowle Grange (Flats) including rockery, pool, vase, pedestal and summerhouse.
(Knowle Grange is a modern block of flats). The garden was originally part of the grounds of Knowle Cottage (see Knowle, Sidmouth Urban District Offices, Station Road) and retains a grotto dating from the early 19th century probably due to Mr Fish. It has a layout of paths, bays and circular spaces surrounded by rockeries of rustic stone. A pedestal with vase forms the central feature of one enclosure, an oval pool lined with pebbles of another. Axial to these at the south end is a semi circular summerhouse with vaulted roof. It is lined with rose quartz, picked out with a design of black pebbles. A wooden bench with trellis back runs round the interior.
Picturesque. Curiosity value.

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).
SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital).
SDV346128List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2011. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV346852Correspondence: Child, P.. 1999. Grotto and Fountain - Knowle, Sidmouth. Letter. Letter + Digital.
SDV346853Correspondence: Keep, C.. 1999. Grotto and Fountain - Knowle, Sidmouth. Letter to Devon County Council. A4 Single Sheet + Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Mar 10 2011 3:05PM