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The Temple, Aske

Description: The Temple

Grade: I
Date Listed: 4 February 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 322706

OS Grid Reference: NZ1744903572
OS Grid Coordinates: 417449, 503572
Latitude/Longitude: 54.4273, -1.7325

Locality: Aske
Local Authority: Richmondshire District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: DL10 5HE

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Listing Text


10/4 The Temple

- I

Gothick folly. c1745. By Daniel Garrett from a preliminary design by
William Kent for Sir Conyers D'Arcy. Ashlar and coursed rubble. Irregular
plan of a 3-storey octagonal tower with rear projecting spiral stair turret,
set within two lower flanking square towers with rounded projecting turrets
to front, all set behind a single-storey bastion. Bastion: ashlar central
section with pointed-arched entrance to pointed tunnel vault with panelled
sides leading to door of 6 fielded panels, the outer arch flanked by
pointed-arched niches with blind quatrefoils above, all with traceried
frieze above, flanked by slighty projecting side bays with trefoiled niches
with blind quatrefoils above, the whole central section with coved cornice
and pierced strapwork parapet; coursed rubble recessed ranges flanking, each
of 4 ashlar pointed-arched hollow-chamfered niches with octagonal dividing
columns with bell caps surmounted by coved cornice and solid parapet with
coping; outer coursed rubble semicircular turrets each with board door in
round-arched continuously moulded ashlar surround with blind quatrefoil
above, and with pierced diagonal parapet. Central octagonal tower: ashlar,
with central glazed door below pointed-arched fanlight with intersecting
glazing bars in Gothick pilastered doorcase with crocketed finials, flanked
by pointed-arched sash windows with glazing bars and hoodmoulds; double
string course supporting blind arcaded half-storey with 3 pointed arches on
each facet; moulded string and sill courses with pointed-arched sash windows
with glazing bars and hoodmoulds; moulded string to incomplete parapet.
Flanking, recessed links each with pointed-arched opening, now with glazed
door below fanlight with intersecting glazing bars and hoodmould, with blind
quatrefoil above and crenellated parapet. Outer towers each with a matching
window and square corbels above carrying upper stage with elaborate blind
quatrefoil and crenellated parapet. Rear, central tower: basement has,
flanking stair turret, a round-arched sash window with glazing bars in
ashlar surround with imposts; pointed sash windows and blind arcading as
front; the rear wall of the structure other than the tower blind. Interior:
room on main floor of tower has plaster vault, rising up behind blind
arcaded stage of exterior, with Gothick triple-arcaded coving rising from
anthropomorphic corbels, ribs and central roundel decorated with guilloche;
in roundel the coat of arms of Sir Conyers D'Arcy and his wife. John
Harris, "The Dundas Empire", Apollo magazine, September 1967; Peter Leach,
"In the Gothick Vein; The Architecture of Daniel Garrett, Part III", Country
Life, 26 September 1974.

Listing NGR: NZ1744903572

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Source: English Heritage

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