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Close the gate when you leave (1)

By PhilT2
Entrance to the grotto in the grounds of Calke Abbey
The Grotto at Calke Abbey stands to the north-east of the house at the edge of the east lawn in the area formerly known as the Pleasure Gardens. It was constructed in 1809-1810 by the architect Samuel Brown as a Gothic folly to inspire and impress visitors and is the only one of three Gothic features designed by him in the gardens to have survived.
It is constructed of red brick faced in tufa and of rubble sandstone and is a half-domed structure sunk into a hollow, with the remains of stalagmites and stalactites. There is a semi-circular enclosure in front formed of boulders and rubblestone. A curved path leads down into the grotto which has two rustic arches of rubblestone. The domed structure is grass covered and rises to a height of 4.7m from the base of the structure which is flooded and appears to be fed by a lead pipe at the back of the dome.

Tags: Architecture Folly Grotto Calke abbey

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LexEquine Plus
17 1 20 United States
23 Jul 2022 10:06AM
💎💎💎💎💎 LEx 🌞🍸🍸🍸🌅
Chinga Plus
12 123 3 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2022 1:45PM
Excellent composition, and I fo like that ornate gate.
Isabel GrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
23 Jul 2022 2:38PM
That's a wonderful ornate gate, and being open like that it really invites us to go through and explore 😃👍🏻
Not been on EPZ for a couple of days, been a bit busy, so some catching up to do!
Trev 😀
mac Plus
21 15 Scotland
23 Jul 2022 3:07PM
A very fancy gate but with good notes on what is going on. I like how you left the gate open, before photographing it, to welcome you in!
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
23 Jul 2022 5:05PM

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