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Ann Boleyn's Seat at the Surprise View, Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains

Description: Ann Boleyn's Seat at the Surprise View

Grade: II
Date Listed: 11 June 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 331091

OS Grid Reference: SE2829168504
OS Grid Coordinates: 428291, 468504
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1116, -1.5687

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


9/87 Ann Boleyn's Seat at the
Surprise View


Shelter. Probably before 1790, rebuilt C19 and restored C20. For William
Aislabie. Wood. West front: 3 slender Gothick arches supported by
quatrefoil columns; elaborate crenellated parapet. Single-pitch roof.
Rear: narrow entrance, woodwork renewed, crenellated parapet. Left and
right returns: solid, restored. Interior: concrete floor and plinths for
columns. The structure was originally described as a 'sashed Gothic
temple'. There was a seat at the Surprise View in 1790 and an arched
shelter is shown in an engraving of 1828 (W T C Walker, personal
communication). The name Ann Boleyn is associated with the site because a
large headless statue was erected nearby in the C18. Probably the same
statue (an armless as well as headless female in classical drapery and
originally over 3 metres tall) is now in the sacristy at the base of Huby's
Tower at Fountains Abbey.

Listing NGR: SE2829168504

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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