The Grotto

Built around a natural spring in the middle of a spinney lays a grade II listed structure, the Grotto, a folly dating from around 1770. It is a dome shaped, cave like structure tall enough to stand in, built of rough limestone blocks. The spinney in which the Grotto stands is surrounded by the remains of a Ha Ha wall, a sunken boundary with a hidden wall used in gardens and parks to keep animals out. Today the spring feeds the artificial lake in Boughton park but at the turn of the 20th century, around 1900, the spring was piped into the village water system to feed the village of Boughton.