The Temple of Piety's new groove
The follies of Studley Royal are an important part of the garden. They were designed by the Georgians to be fun and frivolous eye-catchers to enjoy as they wile away an afternoon throughout the grounds, with tea and picnics at each folly.
The Temple of Piety is possibly one of the most well known of the follies in this World Heritage Site. A classic photograph of the garden will show Piety's pillared front facing out onto neat lawns and serene moon ponds. It's a pretty old building, too - it's been a part of the garden right from the start, featuring in John Aislabie's original design from 1718.
This makes it nearly 300 years old so the temple was in need of a little bit of love and attention. This involves a process called lime washing and as summer came around it was time for the Temple of Piety to have a fresh new coat.
Why lime wash a building?
Lime washing a building is a brilliant way of helping to protect it from the elements. This is partly due to how permeable the stone is. Most old buildings keep the damp out by the sheer thickness of the walls and would have been ventilated to allow the walls to dry back out and prevent the building from loosing heat. By being such a permeable material the lime wash allows the moisture to escape back out into the elements rather than keeping it trapped within the walls and causing damp.
To do a new limewash on the Temple of Piety cost £4,500.
Not only a new makeover...
Early in 2018 the Temple of Piety had it's original 18th century doors restored. They were taken away by carefully chosen specialists for a little bit of love and care before being restored to their hinges on this iconic folly.
It cost £2,700 to repair these 18th century doors.
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