P R O F I L E
1 Cambridge Road
Isle of Wight
Set within a short distance of East Cowes esplanade this impressive semi detached home "Shell House" is a well known local property with a rather amusing history which pre dates its 1885 construction. The Shell House enhancement was the work of a Mr Frederick Attrill who died in 1926 at the grand age of 88 years. He continued to work on his creation until a few weeks before he passed away.
The shells were collected at Woodside, Wooton, which is about four and a half miles from East Cowes in the Isle of Wight. Many thousands of shells were utilised in the construction, which measured over 200 feet in length as well as those used on the house itself. In addition it was decorated with ornaments collected and sent from the world over. The ornamentation with its array of colours made the work one of dazzling beauty and took over 10 years in the making.
These pictures above were supplied by Patricia Osborne of Sandown, an Isle of Wight heritage enthusiast.
The Shell House decoration has subsequently deteriorated and been removed we understand, although a sailing ship prevails. The site is now marked by a carved wall insert sculpted by Glyn Roberts and a plaque that reads as follows:
One day in 1852, young Freddie Attrill was gathering shell-
Picture right - Prince Edward - inspiration for the shell house. Source: an original picture in Lady Somerville's Diaries.
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GREAT BRITISH GROTTO GRADING
Not open to the public, On private property
England - Southern
THE GROTTO GRADING FEATURES PRESENT
GRADED ZERO - no grotto survives