Video: Wanstead’s Grotto

Our grotto – our shadow of a grotto – dates back to about 1760. I call it a “shadow” because whilst its historical significance is massive, it has never been restored since being gutted by fire in the 1880’s. Its façade is still almost intact and it dominated a lake called the Ornamental Waters. It is a grade 11 listed building and is central to the Park’s lake system. This film, one of three we have made about the grotto and the need for its restoration, presents its extraordinary history, and includes a virtual computer recreation by the local architects “T-Space” as well as an assessment by a well-known expert on grottos, Mike Cousins of the “Folly Fellowship”.