Gay's Cave and Diamond

Grotto, late C18, perhaps by Flitcroft or Chambers. Limestone facade and lining to chalk cut cave set in cliff over River Avon, and below defences of Vespasian's camp (landscaped Iron Age hillfort). Spoil forms front apron with inclined paths forming the 'diamond' in plan and elevation.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
436043
Names
Gay's Cave and Diamond
Coordinates
51.1742800° N, 1.7905550° W
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Listed on
Grade II* listed building
listed building (England)

Location Map

Aerial view of Gay's Cave and Diamond
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Aerial View

Aerial view of Gay's Cave and Diamond
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Timeline

10 Jan 1953

Gay's Cave and Diamond designated a Grade II* listed building

National Heritage List for England Data

Gay's Cave and Diamond is listed on the National Heritage List for England with the following data. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing. Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

List Entry ID
1131081
Grade
II*
Name
GAY'S CAVE AND DIAMOND
Location
GAY'S CAVE AND DIAMOND
Parish
Amesbury
District
Wiltshire
Grid Reference
SU 14737 41692

AMESBURY - SU 1541 11/3 Gay's Cave and Diamond 10.1.53

GV II* Grotto, late C18, perhaps by Flitcroft or Chambers. Limestone facade and lining to chalk cut cave set in cliff over River Avon, and below defences of Vespasian's camp (landscaped Iron Age hillfort). Spoil forms front apron with inclined paths forming the 'diamond' in plan and elevation. Facade set at end of short dromos, an arch with springing and keyblocks, and an open cornice, all mouldings partly 'overgrown' with uncut rock-faced stone. Iron gates with fan top. Interior has square cell with arch headed niches each side, and to rear, an arch to an apse. Groined vault. Settings in floor for features now missing. Probably the place used by John Gay to write 'The Beggar's Opera' and 'Polly' in seclusion during his long stay and patronage by the Duchess of Queensbury.

Listing NGR: SU1473741692

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Bibliography

  1. “GAY'S CAVE AND DIAMOND.” The National Heritage List for England. Web. Accessed 8 Oct. 2013. <https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1131081>