York & North Yorkshire

£200k to restore 'crumbling' North Yorkshire temple

Ionic Temple at Duncombe Park
Image caption The Grade I-listed temple has been considered "at risk" since 1985

Two hundred thousand pounds has been raised to restore a 300-year-old temple in the North York Moors National Park.

The "crumbling" Grade I-listed Ionic Temple in Duncombe Park, Helmsley, was designed by architect Sir John Vanbrugh and built in about 1720.

It has been on English Heritage's at-risk register since 1985.

The North York Moors National Park Authority said water was causing "extensive erosion" to the temple's soft sandstone columns and cornice.

English Heritage has contributed £120,650 to the rescue fund, with the remainder coming from the Country Houses Foundation, the North York Moors National Park Authority, The Cleary Fund, the Yorkshire Gardens Trust and the Helmsley Estate.

Restoration work will begin later this year.

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