Temple of Minerva – Hardwick Park

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The temple is dedicated to Minerva goddess of wisdom and the arts and was originally constructed between 1754 and 1757.
Hardwick Park - Temple of Minerva

The niches on each side contained busts of Homer, Virgil, Horace, Milton, Shakespeare, Ben Johnson, Dryden and Pope.

It’s fascinating to see this picture from 2004 when the site was a ruin before restoration.
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Gothic Ruin – Hardwick Park

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Hardwick Park was laid out by John Burdon in the 1750s, this folly from 1764 was built with stone from Guisborough Priory
Hardwick Park - Gothic Ruin
Hardwick Park - Gothic Ruin
The buildings were genuinely ruined until a Heritage Lottery Grant allowed their restoration as this photo from 1972 shows.

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