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05-03-2009, 09:14 PM
This is a snap I took of the Mussenden Temple built many years ago by the Earl Bishop Harvey who named it after his neice the Lady Mussenden. Wouldn't it be amazing to have the money to do things as great as this.
05-04-2009, 04:45 PM
Where exactly is it Gerry?It looks similar to a tower on the edge of a cliff in Dorset, which they had to move,to save it!
05-04-2009, 04:48 PM
Great photograph, Gerry!!!
Steve, see the following:
"Mussenden Temple is a small circular building located on cliffs near Castlerock in County Londonderry, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland.
"It was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol, Bishop of Derry. Built as a library and modelled on the Temple of Vesta in Italy, it is dedicated to the memory of Hervey's cousin Frideswide Mussenden."
More at "Mussenden Temple" on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mussenden_Temple)
Must be pretty close to where you are then, Gerry!
05-04-2009, 05:44 PM
Cheers for the info Chris. Yes this beautiful building is right at the end of the beach we spend our holidays at. The main palace which is a few hundred yards away is a sad shell today but the dove cot and the wallws gardens are still intact. There is also a folly built in the palace grounds that looks very like the top of a church just out of sight.
It's a very peaceful place and great for walking to.
05-04-2009, 06:32 PM
Here is a snap of the ruined Bishop's palalce I poached from another site.
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