The College is Victorian but the Shell House c1720 is set into the ancient Merlin’s Mound. Its creator the Duchess of Hertford also installed the perambulatory walk to the top of the Mound. A very early example of an 18th century garden feature, the Shell House was used as a retreat for literati and decorated with random bursts of native shells. Viewing by appointment only.

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