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Description: The Temple of Flora
Date Listed: 6 January 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 321253
OS Grid Reference: ST7742334015
OS Grid Coordinates: 377423, 134015
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1050, -2.3238
STOURTON WITH GASPER STOURHEAD GARDENS
ST 73 SE
6/147 The Temple of Flora
Temple. 1744-46 by Henry Flitcroft for Henry Hoare. Limestone
ashlar and stucco, hipped slate roof. Tetrastyle Doric portico,
entablature with triglyphs and bucrania, moulded pediment. Central
double doors with 6 fielded panels in moulded architrave with
broken pediment, Latin inscription from the Aeneid over door, large
12-pane sash either side. Side walls are blind, rendered.
Rectangular interior has semi-circular niche on back wall
containing a Coade stone copy of the Borghese Vase, made by Daniel
Pincot c1772. Circular niches on side walls contain marble female
busts. The Temple also contains an important contemporary group of
altars and seats or pulvinaria, copies of those in Montfaucon's
Supplement to Antiquity Explained, 1725. The Temple was one of
Henry Hoare's first features in the gardens, pre-dating the lake,
the mason responsible was William Privet of Chilmark. The Borghese
Vase was originally in the Venetian Seat, dismantled 1790s by Colt
(K. Woodbridge, The Stourhead Landscape, 1982)
Listing NGR: ST7742334017
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Source: English Heritage
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