NZ0886 : Hartburn Grotto

taken 12 years ago, near to Hartburn, Northumberland, Great Britain

Hartburn Grotto
Hartburn Grotto
Another photo and good description here NZ0886 : Grotto on the Hart Burn
Dr Sharpe was vicar of Hartburn from 1749-92 and it was he who carved the grotto out of the sandstone cliff. The internal gothick arch which divides the larger outer chamber from the dark inner one reflects that in the footbridge at the southern end of the walk down to the grotto NZ0886 : Footbridge at Hartburn. This too, along with Tower House NZ0886 : Tower House, Hartburn, were also built by Dr Sharpe. The two niches above the grotto entrance used to house statues of Adam and Eve. The tunnel is 15m long, roofed with large slabs (over which the path runs) but is now a crawl. It is said to have allowed discrete access for bathers from the cave to the river.
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Hartburn Grotto

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Sunday, 14 March, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 14 March, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 087 864 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:10.3530N 1:51.8313W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 087 865
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