A Hindoo temple in Melchet Park, in the County of Wilts
The Melchet Park estate was originally an extra-parochial liberty situated in south-east Wiltshire, nine miles to the south-east of Salisbury. This meant that it had its own legal jurisdiction, and was used largely as a deer park. The loss of its liberty status and progressive boundary redrawings mean that the site is now in Hampshire.
This 'Hindoo' style temple is probably a garden folly. Monuments in Indian or 'oriental' style were particularly popular among the English gentry of the 18th century, especially after the oriental-style pagodas and bridges were erected in Hyde Park and Kew Gardens.