Shell Grotto, Margate / This underground cavern of caves discovered in 1835, still baffles people today. No-one knows how or why it was built, nor who the architect was. It was discovered quite by accident, and is has been a tourist attraction in the town since 1837. Plus, it's only a matter of 5 miles away from me.
In 1835, young Joshua Newlove fell down a hole and inadvertently discovered Margate’s Shell Grotto. Seventy feet of underground tunnels lead to a chamber decorated with arcane symbols made entirely from sea shells. And the purpose of a cave studded with over four million shells mosaicked into phalluses, stars and flowers? Nobody really knows.
The Shell Grotto in Margate, Kent, England. An underground labyrinth of mosaics created from millions of seashells, discovered in 1835. The origin of the grotto is unknown. #WorldBeautifulPlaces #Seashells
Scarborough: "In the loud-brash-tacky stakes it is not in the same league as Blackpool or Margate, and you can still savour its genteel Georgian class in some hidden, serene corners." Slow North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds; www.bradtguides.com