P R O F I L E
The folly grotto at Walton on the Hill has fascinated the locals for many years but is now unfortunately only a shadow of its former self. It was constructed by local resident Mr Wood in the garden of his home in the mid 20th century. Here he lived with his wife and son Marcus. The materials used were second-hand building rubble and waste to create an imaginative fantasy grotto. The local housing has been redeveloped since then and some of the grotto has been removed leaving only part of the original structure today. It lays about 30 feet back off the road and can be seen from the pavement.
Pictures (courtesy Walton Genealogy and Local History Group)
1. The creator of the grotto, the coal post on the left survives in the hedge of the present day property, a Mrs Wood lived in the house.
2. The grotto in all its glory.
GREAT BRITISH GROTTO GRADING
Not open to the public, On private property, Physical access difficult
Grotto - just one
England - Southern
THE GROTTO GRADING FEATURES PRESENT
+External rock structures, either real or simulated, +Internal stonework that is natural, recycled or simulated to give a subterranean decor, GRADED TWO