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Temple of Piety on East Side of Moon Pond

A Grade I Listed Building in Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1142 / 54°6'51"N

Longitude: -1.5718 / 1°34'18"W

OS Eastings: 428089

OS Northings: 468786

OS Grid: SE280687

Mapcode National: GBR KNGV.HY

Mapcode Global: WHC7T.TVQC

Entry Name: Temple of Piety on East Side of Moon Pond

Listing Date: 6 March 1967

Last Amended: 11 June 1986

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1150613

English Heritage Legacy ID: 331083

Location: Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG4

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate

Civil Parish: Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

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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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