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Elvaston Castle 9/10

Among the woodland off to one side of the house is this replica Moorish Temple. Once again, like the rock structure I showed you on Wednesday last week, I cannot find out very much about this building, except that the money has been found to restore it.

Elvaston Castle 9/10

Among the woodland off to one side of the house is this replica Moorish Temple. Once again, like the rock structure I showed you on Wednesday last week, I cannot find out very much about this building, except that the money has been found to restore it.

comments (22)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Nov 2012, 00:41

Worth the price of admission just to glimpse this beauty, Brian.

Very fine image, too.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, I wish I could tell you more about it.
interesting example of Moorish architecture, something I know nothing about. i would like to know the reason behind the bulge around the window.
Brian Walbey: I think it must be a decorative verandah cover with no verandah.
This is a wonderful structure Brian... and well worth restoring... fine shot....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Yes it is Peter, thanks for your comment.
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Nov 2012, 07:13
What an amazing folly, were you able to go inside Brian?
Brian Walbey: Sadly it isn't open to the public Sally.
A delightful little folly Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes it's quite nice isn't it.
very well composed
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Nov 2012, 09:05
Architecturally is is rather odd Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes, it would be interesting to know the story behind it but I can't find out anything much about it.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Nov 2012, 09:24
They had to change the design to fit the window by the look of it!
Brian Walbey: Certainly the shape matches the window very well.
What a beautiful structure, the window is amazing.
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is, thanks Pauline.
The rusty iron balcony seems moot as the window it is on doesn't appear to be a door.
Brian Walbey: These days a lot of modern homes over here have French doors and a verandah cover like this on levels above ground level purely for decoration, perhaps this is an early version of that style.
Very impressive, Brian, what an oddity.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frank, I wish I could discover more about it.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 27 Nov 2012, 13:22
A very extraordinary building Brian, well done for finding it.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad, I wish I could discover more about it.
It's certainly a find, Brian - a very odd-looking building!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, I wish I could discover more about it.
I like the curved shapes of this building Brian, vey nice shot! smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 27 Nov 2012, 16:07
A charming building with red stone as well as red brick blending nicely
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a fine building and it's all tucked away in the edge of the woodland area.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Nov 2012, 16:24
Oh, there is a wonderful love story between Charles Stanhope and the actress Maria Foote behind this buildung:

"In 1831 Charles married Maria Foote. She was 17 years his junior, an actress and an unmarried mother (neither of which were socially acceptable at that time).
Although their love affair had begun in the 1820s, marriage had been out of the question while Charles’s father was alive, and the affair was a favourite topic of society gossips.
The Earl was devoted to Maria, however, and it has been suggested that the gardens he commissioned at Elvaston were his tribute to their love (The inside of the Moorish temple in the Alhambra garden was decorated with symbols of the chivalric love of a knight for his lady, and there was even a statue of the couple showing an adoring Charles at Maria’s feet!)."

"The Moorish Temple was built as a summer house for the fourth Earl of Harrington around 1846.
With a design attributed to Lewis Cottingham, it probably served as an ideal location for the Earl's passion for tea drinking and snuff taking in the pleasant environment of his developing evergreen gardens.
The building was decorated in the finest style and repeated the various Gothic and chivalrous mottoes and themes found in the castle.
Employing "the finest chinoiserie money could buy" it was a sumptuous location with its stained glass windows, coloured rope twist plasterwork and a statue depicting the 4th Earl and his great love Maria Foote.
The Moorish Temple also featured in the Ken Russell film 'Women in Love' of 1969, when it was graced by Glenda Jackson in a scene on the balcony. The building has recently (2011) been restored with the help of English Heritage, South Derbyshire District Council and Derbyshire County Council."
Brian Walbey: Thanks for all this information Philine, it is really interesting, things haven't changed much over the years regarding private relationships have they.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Nov 2012, 16:26
I like this exotic looking building and your photo of it very much!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Nov 2012, 16:44
Brian Walbey: I have read this with great delight Philine, thanks for spending time searching this out.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Nov 2012, 18:09
Rather strange Moorish with Swiss influence, just needs a giant cuckoo smile
Brian Walbey: A most unusual building to find in a very English garden.
What a delightful structure Brian!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is, and good that it has been restored.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Nov 2012, 21:53
I immediately thought of the poem about the old women who lived in a shoe as soon as I saw this; it was the bulging brickwork which made me think that. Fabulous!
Brian Walbey: Lol. Yes it has an unusual shape, perhaps that is what makes it seem so attractive.
A strange looking building, Brian. Just a hint of Moorish in the slightly shouldered arch?
Brian Walbey: Yes it was built to be similar to a Moorish building.

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