Photographer's Note

This is the Ionic Temple at the northern end of Rievaulx Terrace. Like the Tuscan Temple at the southern end it is thought to have been designed by Sir Thomas Robinson. The terrace was constructed between 1749 and 1757 by Thomas Duncombe II as a half mile long viewing place to see the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. Please refer to my previous post of the Tuscan Temple (link above) for more details.

The terrace and temples have been owned by the National Trust since 1972 and, except at lunchtime when the guide is unavailable, it is possible to go into the Ionic Temple. It is sumptuously decorated with frescos and furnished in the style of a Georgian dining room with the table laid for dinner. After walking along the terrace admiring the views of Rievaulx Abbey and the Rye Valley, Thomas Duncombe and his guests could then have dinner in the temple. The temple has a basement which would have been used to prepare the meals. Now the basement is used for a display about the Duncombes from Duncombe Park in Helmsley. You can see the basement door at the side of the building.

I have now put together a theme of my images from both Helmsley and Rievaulx to show how the places link together

Alternative in the WS showing a front view. There is also a view along the terrace from the temple steps

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