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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
Plus Code: 9C4VCVJM+24
Entry Name: Temple of Theseus About 1/2 Mile North of Hagley Hall
Listing Date: 23 April 1952
Last Amended: 17 July 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1348599
English Heritage Legacy ID: 156399
Location: Hagley, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, DY9
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
SO 28 SW HAGLEY CP WYCHBURY HILL
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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