Margate Shell Grotto

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  1. JamesWhitehead

    JamesWhitehead Piffle Prospector

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    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    I know! I wish I had those levels of concentration. I can manage to stay engaged with a book or movie for a couple of hours, which is no proud boast, but some people can't even do that.
     
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    JamesWhitehead Piffle Prospector

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    Vast willy encloses small fanny at the bottom and a hairy starfish or two higher up*.

    *Bottom image on Coastal James's last post. Obvious to the dirty-minded! :)
     
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    Naughty_Felid No longer interesting

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    Maybe people aren't as bloody stupid as they were back then.?

    Bloody shell grotto ffs.

    I can't think of a bigger excuse to not getting a proper job than building a shell grotto.
     
  5. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...

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    Here's a diagram illustrating the overall layout of the grotto.

    ShellGrottoLayout.jpg

    There's also an annotated map of the inner grotto area illustrating the panels and (in some editions) listing possible symbolic associations.

    The larger versions of this latter map are typically marked as originating from the Shell Grotto site itself. The largest online specimen I've located so far notes this map is thought to have been produced by a Conan and Nellie Shaw, who published a 1954 pamphlet on the grotto.

    Although I've not seen any specimen of this annotated map with a proper copyright indication, I'm posting a deliberately small version so you can see no more than the diagram's basic appearance. If you'd like to obtain a larger specimen, do a Google image search and look for this basic image among the resulting hits.


    ShellGrottoMap-Sample.jpg

    Trust me - there are much bigger versions accessible online.

    ... And yes (by reference to JamesWhitehead's note) - there's one spot in the Rotunda area that's listed as Phallus (symbol or Panel, depending on the map version).
     
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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    So dismissive! :p
     
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    "Love, when are you going to get round to painting the bathroom?"


    "...Er...not for a while I don't think my darling...I got this bloody shell grotto I need to get finished...before I get round to the bathroom..."
     
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    davidplankton Justified and Ancient

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    Stanley Kubrick wanted a medieval Shell Grotto building sequence included 2001. Right between the bone flying through the air and the spaceship.

    "Instead of painting it, why don't I tile it for you? I've found thousands of these little natural tiles down on the beach."
     
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    hunck Justified and Ancient

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    I visited the shell grotto last week. It attracted a surprising amount of visitors & was pretty crowded.

    Someone has made a recent panel which shows how colourful it would've been with fresh shells. The colour has largely faded from the grotto which contains an estimated 4½ million shells, most of which are very small [cockles?] It has an 'amateur' sort of vibe - most of the panels aren't particularly symmetrical.

    Whoever made it would have been working in fairly dim light from oil lamps, although there is speculation that some of it could have been made in a 'cut & cover' method.

    Very curious that absolutely nothing is known of it prior to its uncovering in 1835. Certainly worth a visit if you're in the area.
     
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    Thanks for that ^ glad you enjoyed.
     
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    Is the photo a casting session for the female leads for Last of the Summer Wine?
     
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    They were still bloody there last week.
     
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    There is a novel about this, The Realm of Shells by Sonia Overall. Has anyone here read it?
     

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