Photographer's Note

Some time ago I posted a series of images of Rievaulx Abbey. One of the images was taken from above; from Rievaulx Terrace. Another one was taken of the abbey from a distance to show the terrace above. I was waiting to post further images from the terrace until I had visited Duncombe Park, because of the links from there.

Thomas Duncombe had the half mile terrace made at the back of his house with temples at each end. These temples were the subjects of my last two posts from there.

Thomas Duncombe II was responsible for the construction of a similar terrace, between 1749 and 1757, also half a mile in length, above the ruined Rievaulx Abbey near Duncombe Park at Helmsley. The abbey had been in ruins since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538, but by the 18th century there was a renewed public interest in abbey ruins. The purpose of this new terrace was for the Duncombes and their guests to promenade along the terrace admiring the abbey ruins from 13 different viewpoints. Like the terrace at Duncombe Park there are also temples at each end. Unlike the ones at Duncombe Park these temples have elaborate interior decoration for entertaining the guests.

This shot is of the Tuscan Temple at the southern end of the terrace. It has always been called that, but apparently that is technically incorrect and the style is Doric. You can see how similar it is to the Doric Temple at Duncombe Park. It has also been attributed to Sir Thomas Robinson, although it is not certain.

Rievaulx Terrace has been owned and managed by the National Trust since 1972. The National Trust is a registered charity which is engaged in the conservation of our heritage; not just buildings but other areas of national importance.

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