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Temple of Piety on East Side of Moon Pond, Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains

Description: Temple of Piety on East Side of Moon Pond

Grade: I
Date Listed: 6 March 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 331083

OS Grid Reference: SE2808968786
OS Grid Coordinates: 428089, 468786
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1142, -1.5718

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


9/79 Temple of Piety on east
side of Moon Pond (formerly
6.3.67 listed as Temple of Piety)


Garden building. Completed by 1742; plasterwork completed 1748,restored
c1980. By Robert Doe with plasterwork by Cort├Ęse for John Aislabie to a
design probably supplied by Lord Burlington. Ashlar and rendered brick,
Westmorland slate roof with broad lead verges. A perfectly proportioned
temple with deep portico of 6 Doric columns on a gritstone pavement
supporting entablature and pediment with pedestal. Central 6-panel double
door in architrave with mask of a satyr on the keystone. Flanking pairs of
shuttered windows with architraves; recessed panels above. Rear: grey brick
casing dating from part restoration before 1966. Left and right returns:
central 4-panel door in eared surround with triple keystone. Interior:
portico ceiling - Doric frieze of bucrania; 3-panels richly detailed with
central rose and leaf motifs. Inner room - rear wall has circular framed
bas relief of captive soldier suckled by his daughter, flanked by gilded
swags. Ceiling - richly decorated with a fretted frame enclosing an oval
panel with Chinese masks in the spandrel and central scrolled motif. The
original dedication was to Jupiter and the design is based on Antonio
Labaco's reconstruction of a Roman temple. The only source of information
on the original model was in the possession of Lord Burlington, Lord
Lieutenant for the North and West Ridings from 1714 whose deputy John
Aislabie was. Aislabie must have had close personal contact with Lord
Burlington, probably resulting in the latter's involvement with this temple
design. William Aislabie rededicated the temple after the death of his
father in 1742 and the plasterwork dates from that time. A large bust of
Jupiter was recorded over the fireplace in 1740 but has disappeared. A
fireplace survived into the C19 (Walker). The building is the most
important feature of the water garden, standing on earthern terraces and reflected in the Moon Pond following the piano nobile style of eg Chiswick
House by Lord Burlington (1725). G Beard, Studley Royal, Country Life,
1961. W T C Walker, personal communication.

Listing NGR: SE2808968786

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Source: English Heritage

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