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Registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales as charity number 1162424
Last updated on 07 November 2017.
Patrons: Monty Don, Kim Wilkie
News and Events
Our first newsletter covers project status, fund-
In Newsletter no. 2 we sadly report the death of Tony Beckles Willson without whom Pope's Grotto would have remained neglected. Inside there are reports on the status of our conservation project and on our last symposium. You can also read articles on two other local grottos and the 'Nine Ladies of Crux Easton'.
Newsletter no. 3 contains the news of our recent Heritage Lottery Grant, a report
on the recent laser-
Newsletter no. 4 announces the completion of the conservation and lighting of the
South Chamber of Pope's Grotto and an article on "Pope's mortal blow" -
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In the news
This is an article about the restoration project in the Daily Telegraph (15th September 2015) by Victoria Lambert: “Inside Alexander Pope's hidden grotto”.
Read this article from the Observer (8th May 2016) about our project: “Hope springs eternal: project to save Alexander Pope’s secret grotto”.
Here’s an excellent article in the London Review of Books blog by Mary Wellesley (4th August 2016): “In Pope’s Grotto”
Hyperallegenic, an online magazine based in New York, has a good article about us here: “Restoring Alexander Pope’s Glinting Grotto to Its Former Glory”.
A couple of articles about our project have been published in 2 local magazines,
not available on the web: The Friends of Tabley House (Cheshire) Newsletter February
2016, and An Baner Kernewek (The Cornish Banner), August 2016. The latter is a long-
The Grotto will be open during Saturdays in the Twickenham Festival.