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Description: Garendon Park, the Temple of Venus
Date Listed: 15 March 1965
English Heritage Building ID: 189383
OS Grid Reference: SK4979019057
OS Grid Coordinates: 449790, 319057
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7668, -1.2635
SK 4919 ASHBY ROAD
9/12 (north side)
15.3.65 Garendon Park,
The Temple of Venus
Temple, of the 1730s, by Ambrose Phillipps of Garendon (d.1737). Of ashlar, with
carved oak entablature and copper dome. Circular plan, loosely based on the Temple
of Vesta at Tivoli. Raised on 4 steps, with a peristyle of Ionic columns.
Entablature painted white, with the frieze of ox skulls and small bays with swags
between. The roof member of the cornice has lions' heads at intervals. The centre
of the temple has a circular apartment with rusticated walls, classical doorcase and
2-fold fielded-panel door. The interior originally contained a statue of Venus, now
lost, perhaps destroyed by Luddite rioters in 1811.
Mark Aironard, "Ambrose Phillipps of Garendon", Architectural History, 1965.
Listing NGR: SK4979019057
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Source: English Heritage
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