SU9768 : Leptis Magna ruins, Virginia Water (1)

taken 8 years ago, near to Wentworth, Surrey, Great Britain

Leptis Magna ruins, Virginia Water (1)
Leptis Magna ruins, Virginia Water (1)
Ruins from a Roman city in Libya, brought here in the 18th century and restored (in a sense) in 2008/9. The ruins are listed grade 2* (list entry number 1378028) under the name of "Temple of Augustus" although that is not how they are referred to on site.
Virginia Water (lake and park)

The body of water called Virginia Water in Surrey later gave its name to a nearby town. It is an artificial lake, in the south-eastern corner of Windsor Great Park, originally made for William, Duke of Cumberland, in 1748-1752 by Henry Flitcroft.

The original dam broke in 1768 causing a serious flood, and was rebuilt c 250m further east in the 1780s when George III increased the area of the lake to its present size, employing Thomas Sandby who designed and constructed the rockwork cascade at the southern end of the dam, inaugurated in 1797.

The park around the lake, statutorily listed grade I, is open to the public without charge during daylight hours and contains several "sights" such as a totem pole, boathouse, ornamental bridges and Roman ruins. See also Valley Gardens. More history at LinkExternal link and the lsit entry at LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 April, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 17 April, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9746 6863 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.4998N 0:36.0086W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9745 6868
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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