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A Hindoo temple in Melchet Park, in the County of Wilts

A Hindoo temple in Melchet Park, in the County of Wilts

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop XLIII

Item number: 46 a

Genre: Topographical Print

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.

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