The mysterious Margate Shell Grotto

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.

Shell Grotto

Margate Shell Grotto

Pic 1 © Leen Kievit
Pic 2 © rocketlass


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2 Responses to The mysterious Margate Shell Grotto

  1. sherry says:

    amazingly beautiful!!! wow!!

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