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Temple of Theseus About 1/2 Mile North of Hagley Hall

A Grade I Listed Building in Hagley, Worcestershire

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Latitude: 52.4301 / 52°25'48"N

Longitude: -2.1171 / 2°7'1"W

OS Eastings: 392132

OS Northings: 281351

OS Grid: SO921813

Mapcode National: GBR 1CC.RJQ

Mapcode Global: VH91Q.853X

Entry Name: Temple of Theseus About 1/2 Mile North of Hagley Hall

Listing Date: 23 April 1952

Last Amended: 17 July 1986

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1348599

English Heritage Legacy ID: 156399

Location: Hagley, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, DY9

County: Worcestershire

District: Bromsgrove

Civil Parish: Hagley

Built-Up Area: Stourbridge

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Hagley

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

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Listing Text


2/134 Temple of Theseus about
½ mile north of
23.4.52 Hagley Hall
(Formerly listed with
item 2/133 above)


Temple folly. 1758 by James "Athenian" Stuart for George First Lord Lyttleton;
restored and partly rebuilt late C20. Sandstone ashlar and brick with shallow-
pitched roof of coated steel. Rectangular plan in form of miniature replica
of a Greek Doric hexastyle prostyle temple having arris fluted columns with
entasis and no bases, a triglyph frieze and mutule cornice; three-stepped
stylobate; rectangular opening in each side elevation. The building is recorded
as being a miniature replica of the C6 BC Theseion in Athens. It was designed
by Stuart shortly after he visited Athens from 1751-5 to measure the buildings.
It is the earliest C18 building to have been directly copied from an Ancient
Greek original and is the first building outside Greece and her colonies in
which the Greek Doric order is correctly used. The columns and much of the
stonework were rebuilt late C20. [CL articles (mainly Vol 122, p 546 & 608);
BoE, p 178).

Listing NGR: SO9213181352

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