Brass Works at Warmley
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County Council (Unitary)
South Gloucestershire Council
SJ669669 (366909, 172827)
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A complex of mid to late 18th century grottos situated in Warmley House Gardens, established by the industrialist William Champion, who lived at Warmley House and whose brass works was situated nearby. The complex comprises a central, formerly domed area, with 4 recessed vaulted grottos and 4 tunnels built out of black slag material, probably waste products from the brass works. One of the tunnels leads to to the Ice House. It has been suggested that the grottos may have originally been industrial workings. The grottos include water features that may once have been powered by steam engines. Associated with the grottos at ground level are derelict walls with blocked archways which may have once supperted hothouses. The grottos are set in an area which is on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Historic Interest, and also fall within the Scheduled area of Warmley Brass Works.
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