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Latitude: 51.1033 / 51°6'12"N
Longitude: -2.3244 / 2°19'27"W
OS Eastings: 377385
OS Northings: 133831
OS Grid: ST773338
Mapcode National: GBR 0TV.M6G
Mapcode Global: VH97Z.NJKJ
Entry Name: The Temple of Apollo
Listing Date: 6 January 1966
Last Amended: 9 September 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1131100
English Heritage Legacy ID: 321251
Location: Stourton with Gasper, Wiltshire, BA12
Civil Parish: Stourton with Gasper
Traditional County: Wiltshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire
Church of England Parish: Upper Stour
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
STOURTON WITH GASPER STOURHEAD GARDENS
ST 73 SE
6/145 The Temple of Apollo
(formerly listed as The Sun Temple)
Temple. 1765 by Henry Flitcroft for Henry Hoare, design taken from
a temple in Wood's Ruins of Baalbec, published 1757. Limestone
ashlar. Circular, plinth with 8 steps on side overlooking lake,
twelve Corinthian columns carry a scalloped entablature, each bay
contains a semi-circular niche and oculus, formerly with lead
statues which were moved to Stourhead House (q.v.) in 1903-04.
Double doors with 6 fielded panels, moulded tympanum with
keystones, on north side, flanking niches contain replica statues
dating from 1907-08. Drum with lunettes and cornice to dome, 1950s
replacement of a shallower original.
Interior has painted brick walls, small stone fireplace, originally
contained a large cast of Apollo, lit from above. Flitcroft was
probably influenced by William Chambers' Temple of the Sun at Kew,
1761, a close copy of the Baalbec temple.
(K. Woodbridge, The Stourhead Landscape, 1982)
Listing NGR: ST7738433831
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