Frederick Augustus Hervey was born in 1730 as the third son of John Hervey, heir to the 1st Earl of Bristol. It was unlikely he would ever inherit the title, so he chose a career in the Church. It appears that he wasnt the usual churchman.
Mussenden Temple is probably the Earl Bishop's most famous construction, standing on the very edge of the cliff above Downhill Beach. But a family scandal is associated with this awe-inspiring building.
The family history of the Earl-Bishop Frederick Hervey, is as colourful as he was himself - full of gossip and scandal. If it wasn't for him, the Herveys would only be known for their connection with Ickworth and Downhill Demesne wouldn't exist.