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Up in the Cotswold Hills, Blockley's Mill Dene Grotto is a twentieth century Shell Grotto. It dates from the 1980s when it was constructed by Wendy and Peter Dare. It contains a figure is a faun with pan-pipes and water is piped over the top of the grotto forming a cascade across the entrance. The grotto is located in an attractive one hectare landscaped garden with a stream running past the cave.
Twelve mills are recorded in 1085 at Blockley in the Domesday Book. This particular mill ground flour and was known as Wagstaff's Mill in the 19th century when it became a piano factory. By the early twentieth century it had become the Vulcan Forge specialising in iron castings. Then, in the 1920s, the mill had passed into the hands of the Deverall family and was renamed yet again, this time to Mill Dene. The mill itself was burned down in 1932 leaving the millers house. After rebuilding the mill the property was divided into two units which were sold separately. The Dare family acquired one unit in 1964 and the other half in 1976 enabling the property to be consolidated into a single holding again. The extensive ornamental landscaping was orchestrated by the Dare family who now make it available for public viewing.
1. The figure in the grotto.
2. The grotto from the stream.
3. Mill Dene.
4. The grotto.
5. Location of grotto on the plan of part of the garden.
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GREAT BRITISH GROTTO GRADING
On private property, Open set times only
Access by Road, Access on Foot, Entry Fee, Grotto - just one, Restaurant/Food, Toilets
England - Central
THE FEATURES PRESENT
+A created provenance that links it to ancient mythology or legend, +Crystals and/or minerals, either natural or simulated, +Dark and mysterious chambers and cave like spaces, +External rock structures, either real or simulated, +Fossils and/or shells incorporated into the decor, +Sacred spring or integral water feature, GRADED SIX