NZ3428 : Temple of Minerva in Hardwick Park

taken 5 years ago, near to Sedgefield, County Durham, Great Britain

Temple of Minerva in Hardwick Park
Temple of Minerva in Hardwick Park
The 18th Century follies in the park included this Ionic temple, recently restored.
Hardwick Park
John Burdon, a wealthy Tyneside merchant, bought the 150 acre Hardwick Estate in 1748. With the aid of architect, James Paine (1717-89), he developed a range of ornamental buildings, lakes and paths to create a grand Circuit Walk used as a guided walk for the enjoyment and entertainment of his friends. It was basically a playground for rich ladies and gentlemen of the time.

At the end of the C18th, Burdon sold the Park to William Russell and it was then transferred by marriage to the Boyne family. Pleasure gardens had gone out of fashion and the Park went into decline, the buildings became ruined and overgrown and the lakes silted up or drained.
In the C20th, parts of the Park were forested or used for agriculture, and Hardwick Hall was used as a training facility for the unemployed, then a maternity hospital, and eventually a hotel.
In 2001 Durham County Council purchased the whole site with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and embarked on a 10 year restoration project.

Keys to the Past Hardwick Park (Sedgefield) LinkExternal link
National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1000730 LinkExternal link
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NZ3428, 66 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 4 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 6 May, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Park and Public Gardens 
Primary Subject of Photo
Path  Temple 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3429 2897 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:39.2800N 1:28.2025W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3429 2891
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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Folly  Country Park 

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