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Pope's Grotto



Alexander Pope lived on the Thames River in Twickenham, a village west of London. Although his villa was demolished in the 19th century, his grotto still exists beneath what was until September 2010 the Saint James Independent School for Boys, the complex of buildings presently on the site between the river and the Cross Deep road. The grotto is in need of restoration and is not open to the public.

A delightful public house across the road, named for the grotto, is open to the public and well worth a visit. Between the pub and the river is a public park.

This is John Searle's "perspective view" of Pope's Grotto in his Plan of Mr. Pope's Garden (1745). The view is from the river through the opening and out into the garden.



John D. Tatter, Birmingham-Southern College, jtatter@bsc.edu