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Sphinx and Pedestal on North Side of Waterfall at the Lake, Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains

Description: Sphinx and Pedestal on North Side of Waterfall at the Lake

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 March 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 331059

OS Grid Reference: SE2816469282
OS Grid Coordinates: 428164, 469282
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1186, -1.5706

Location: Royal, North Yorkshire HG4 3DY

Locality: Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains
Local Authority: Harrogate Borough Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HG4 3DY

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Listing Text

Sphinx and pedestal on
north side of waterfall
9/55 at east end of The Lake
(formerly listed as part
of Sphinxes at the Head
6.3.67 of the Lake)


Sphinx and pedestal. c1727. Probably by John Simpson for John Aislabie.
Ashlar pedestal, limestone figure. Overall height approximately 1.5 metres.
Moulded profile to pedestal. The figure is strongly proportioned, the
weathered head draped with a light head-dress. Records of the Studley
Estate show that John Simpson was making pillars for sphinxes in 1727 but he
may not have been responsible for the statues. Sphinxes are known to have
been placed on the Cascade at the entrance to the Lake (qv) and they flanked
the Drum Falls on the Canal (qv), the latter are probably those removed from
the top of Mackershaw Gate (qv) in 1970 and now in store. G Beard, 'Studley
Royal', Country Life 1961. W T C Walker, personal communication.

Listing NGR: SE2816469282

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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