1828 Shell Grotto at Jordans, Somerset

1828 Shell Grotto at Jordans, Somerset

THE SHELL GROTTO AT JORDANS, SOMERSET Shell grottoes grew as a fashion in the 18th C. The grotto was a creation of somewhere ‘other’ than the formal country house and garden. A magical place embellished with exotic shells, corals, fossils, stalactites, stones and...
Kingston Lacy: A Civil War Heroine, The Philae Obelisk & Tortoises

Kingston Lacy: A Civil War Heroine, The Philae Obelisk & Tortoises

Situated near Wimborne Minster in the Dorset countryside in an incongruous site. An ‘Italian Palazzo’ which would possibly be more at home in the Veneto. Light, Italianate and airy, whilst still retaining something of England. Perhaps it is the large double-hung sash...